Emerging display startup Clearink has established a joint venture in Shanghai, China, with display module house Suzhou Jinfu to bring its reflective display technology to ePaper applications in the country.
The joint venture seeks to address established and emerging reflective display market applications, such as mobile phones, wearable devices, tablets and eReaders. The deal will also supply electronic shelf labels to domestic China’s retail market—where pricing and accuracy are desired by retail customers.
Clearink says it will launch its first monochrome reflective display product early in 2017 and plans to unveil prototypes of its color reflective displays in the coming weeks. The color displays designed for ePaper applications will launch commercially in 2018, the company says.
Suzhou Jinfu supplies display modules and assemblies for mobile devices to customers such as BOE, Foxconn, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sony, TCL and others.
Frank Christiaens, founder and CEO of Clearink Displays, says its reflective displays allow mobile device makers the ability to offer sunlight-readable, always-on mobile devices that feature a long battery life. With Suzhou Jinfu already having a foot in the door in the ePaper market, Christiaens believes Clearink can address what he says is a big gap in the display market.
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