E Ink Corporation

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E Ink Corporation
Founded 1997
Founder J.D. Albert, Barrett Comiskey, Joseph Jacobson, Jerome Rubin and Russ Wilcox
Headquarters Billerica, Massachusetts,
United States[1]
Website http://eink.com

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] It is predicted that the acquisition will speed the development of color E Ink.[5] 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.


  1. ^ "E Ink: Contact Us". Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "E Ink's wild ride". Harvard Business School Alumni Bulletin. Sep 2009. 
  3. ^ US filing date 25-Oct-1996 5930026, Joseph Jacobson, Barrett Comiskey, "Nonemissive displays and piezoelectric power supplies therefor" 
  4. ^ "Russ Wilcox Steps Down at E Ink---Smart Energy Venture Next? Xconomy". Xconomy. Retrieved 2015-12-09. 
  5. ^ E-Ink's Sale Clears Path for Color Kindle in 2010 FastCompany

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