E Ink Corporation
|Founder||J.D. Albert, Barrett Comiskey, Joseph Jacobson, Jerome Rubin and Russ Wilcox|
E Ink Corporation is a privately held manufacturer of electrophoretic displays (EPDs), a kind of electronic paper. E Ink is located in Billerica, Massachusetts, and was co-founded in 1997 by undergraduates J.D. Albert & Barrett Comiskey, Joseph Jacobson (professor in the MIT Media Lab), Jerome Rubin (LexisNexis co-founder) and Russ Wilcox. Two years later, E Ink partnered with Philips to develop and market the technology. Jacobson and Comiskey are listed as inventors on the original patent filed in 1996. In 2005, Philips sold the electronic paper business as well as its related patents to Prime View International.
E Ink has since partnered with various companies, including Sony, Motorola and Amazon, to allow for the development of products like the Sony Reader, MOTOFONE F3, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kindle and Kobo eReader, which all utilize E Ink displays.
On June 1, 2009, E Ink Corporation announced an agreement to be purchased by one of its primary business partners, Prime View International (PVI), a Hsinchu, Taiwan-based manufacturer, for over $400 million. It is predicted that the acquisition will speed the development of color E Ink. PVI renamed itself E Ink Holdings Inc. after the purchase.
E Ink's "Vizplex" technology is used by Nook, Kindle 2, txtr Beagle and Kobo Mini. E Ink's "Pearl" technology is claimed to have a 50% better contrast ratio. It is used by 2011-2012 Kindle models, Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch, Kobo Touch and Sony PRS-T1. E Ink's "Carta" technology is used by Kindle Paperwhite (2nd and 3rd generation), Kindle Voyage, Kobo Glo HD, Kobo Aura H2O and Kindle Oasis.
- "E Ink: Contact Us". Retrieved August 16, 2015.
- "E Ink’s wild ride". Harvard Business School Alumni Bulletin. Sep 2009.
- US filing date 25-Oct-1996 5930026, Joseph Jacobson, Barrett Comiskey, "Nonemissive displays and piezoelectric power supplies therefor"
- "Russ Wilcox Steps Down at E Ink---Smart Energy Venture Next? Xconomy". Xconomy. Retrieved 2015-12-09.
- E-Ink's Sale Clears Path for Color Kindle in 2010 FastCompany
- Official Site of E Ink Corporation
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