The folks over at E Ink has just announced the upcoming rollout of E Ink Fina, which happens to be a spanking new thin and lightweight electronic paper display (EPD) technology. Just what kind of applications can Fina be involved in? For starters, it will be the first EPD which will enter mass production for small to large format digital paper products that are based on a thin glass Thin Film Transistor (TFT) technology. To celebrate this announcement, the folks over at PocketBook have also delivered a product of their own, known as the PocketBook CAD Reader. This PocketBook CAD Reader holds the distinction of being the first Fina ePaper Android-powered device which was specially designed to display drawings that have been generated with Autocad from Autodesk. Something tells me that you aren’t going to see the PocketBook CAD Reader being spotted over at Starbucks and other local cafes.
Here is a little bit more on Fina technology in order to understand it better – Fina happens to be a glass based TFT technology which will rely on a very thin glass substrate so that it can deliver products which are a whole lot lighter and far thinner compared to what is possible with standard LCD displays. In fact, Fina displays weigh less than 50% of the weight of an equivalent glass based TFT, and happens to be less than 50% of the thickness to boot. For instance, when you take a 13.3″ Fina display module that has been installed in the Pocket CAD Reader, it would tip the scales at approximately 60 grams.
Apart from this high tech display, the PocketBook CAD Reader will also make use of a powerful 1GHz dual-core CPU that runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, where it will be accompanied by 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Other hardware specifications include built-in Wi-Fi and 3G modules, a large 8,000 mAh battery and pre-installed CAD-applications that have been specially tailored to meet the needs of the mobile user. The PocketBook CAD Reader is able to hold the plans for up to 200 construction projects, and these are able to be edited and shared via the collaboration workspace. With an integrated touch screen display and precise Wacom digitizer support, it will enable both touch and a stylus for fine detail work.