Pervasive Displays partners with Energy Micro for electronic paper dev kit

March 27, 2012 — Electronic paper company Pervasive Displays Inc. (PDi) has partnered with Energy Micro, provider of low-power, ARM-Cortex-processor-based microcontrollers. The companies will develop and prototype a range of electronic paper displays with low power consumption the main focus.

The partners will bring "low-power, low-energy solutions" to dynamic display applications, said Andrea Marchi, VP of sales for Asia-Pacific, Energy Micro. The aim is to bring electronic paper displays to new application spaces, added Damon Hess, business development VP at Pervasive Displays

The alliance has yielded the EPD SK-2 daughter board for the EFM 32 Gecko developer kit, which facilitates demostrations of PDi’s 2" low-power electronic paper display. Retronix created the EPD SK-2 for Energy Micro developers and bundled it with the EFM 32 Gecko. The 32-bit EFM 32 Gecko microcontroller offers an ARM Cortex-M3 CPU, ultra-low power, real-time energy and power profiling, easy installation, and other features.

The kit can demonstrate display performance for electronic retail, warehouse and logistics, and container labels, as well as industrial applications like kanban cards, factory automation, warehouse picking stalls, and shop floor conveyer systems. Also read: The Future is Flexible

PDi’s ultra-low-power displays are digital dot-matrix on paper, operating for years on coin batteries or from energy-harvesting technology. They reportedly offer good readability and viewing angle, in direct sunlight and high ambient light.

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