E Ink Corporation
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|Founder||Joseph Jacobson, J.D. Albert, Barrett Comiskey, Jerome Rubin|
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 Joseph Jacobson (professor in the MIT Media Lab), Jerome Rubin (LexisNexis co-founder), Russ Wilcox and two of Jacobson's students (Barrett Comiskey and J.D. Albert). 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.com, to allow for the development of products like the Sony Reader, MOTOFONE F3, Barnes & Noble nook, and Kindle, Hanlin eReader which utilize E Ink technology.
On June 1, 2009, E Ink Corporation announced an agreement to be purchased by one of its primary business partners, Prime View International (TPO: 8089), a Hsinchu, Taiwan-based manufacturer, for USD $215 million. PVI has since been renamed E Ink Holdings Inc. It is predicted that the purchase by Prime View will speed the development of color E Ink.
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 and Kobo Aura H2O.
- Official Site of E Ink Corporation
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