ITRI Makes Big Stride in Digital Paper

by Mark R


I’m looking forward to the digital paper decade, where all our information will be moving and active on digital paper as both a hard copy and soft copy all at the same time.

The Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan has made a great stride in this effort with their debut of the 10.4 inch Cholesteric LCD (Ch-LC) flexible display and flexible LED backlighting unit.

The unit has two plastic substrates with a thickness of less than 10mm, and its structure is less than 10 millimeters. This takes the thickness of a traditional color Ch-LCD and cuts it in half.

In addition to this cool thing, ITRI also introduced a flexible LED based BLU and claimed that it had been used in a 7-inch color flexible active matrix LCD display.

This wasn’t all that the ITRI introduced as it demonstrated a monochrome Ch-LCD display with a width of 3.5 inches that is based on roll-to-roll manufacturing.

I don’t know about you, but I am sort of looking forward and not looking forward to this. Sure, we may save a tree with this type of paper, but what will we be destroying the process, I wonder?

Still, it would be handy to have one sheet of paper hold 1000 pages rather than the 1000 pages scattered around my desk. I can’t help but wonder if it will make things easier or harder to find the document that I need.


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