From May 21-25, 2018, the latest accomplishments in color video electronic paper displays manufactured by the team led by Professor Zhou Guofu of South China Normal University (SCNU), have been demonstrated at Display Week 2018 (Los Angeles, CA), the yearly worldwide showcase on display technology. This year, this technology has been, once again selected as one of the most promising display technologies. The location of the color video electronic paper displays is in the innovation zone (I-ZONE) of the Conference Center. Since the previous appearance in 2017, significant breakthroughs in video e-paper technology have been achieved, as Professor Zhou declared.

Great improvement of e-paper display performance has been achieved by using electrowetting technology: ultra-low response time, distinct contrast ratio, low power, high resolution, and full color.


Color video electronic paper displays 

According to Professor Zhou, since the team invented and stabilized the unique spacer technology for SCNU e-paper last year, the resistance to external mechanical pressure can be sustained and the display has significantly improved. Based on the spacer technology, the team has integrated other advanced structures into the display improving the response time to 3 ms, rivaling LCD and increasing the aperture (up to 80%). All these advanced features enable the display to show dynamic videos (up to 100 frames per second) and looking bright.


Professor Zhou Guofu demonstrated the e-paper display. 

Using a new 2.7-inch e-paper display, the team demonstrates a real-time clock prototype. According to Professor Alex Henzen, core member of the SCNU team and technical leader on e-paper: "This clock could work for years with a single coin battery and it can show high contrast images. In video mode, the device shows dynamic video, up to 100 frames per second, in monochrome. This is a big step for e-paper."



The electrowetting color video e-paper boasts high contrast, low power, high color gamut.

Significant improvement possibilities for outdoor billboards, based on segmented electrowetting color video e-paper: high contrast, low power, high color gamut.

Since the team has demonstrated color and monochrome e-paper outdoor billboard components to potential customers last year, they have been jointly developing this e-paper technology and application. The most important modification is the pixel structure. Based on a new process and the technology mentioned in above, the team had significantly optimized the structure in both size and shape, which increased the display pixel aperture to more than 80%, and the contrast ratio to over 10:1. It makes the display look more colorful and brighter for both color and monochrome. Moreover, a small group in the team has optimized the dye formula, which improves contrast and color gamut.


The display look more colorful and brighter for both color and monochrome.

The team exhibits two new prototypes: one is a segmented color signage board and the other is an ultra-bright monochrome billboard. These prototypes well represent all characteristics the team had promised to deliver: high contrast, high response time (video speed), high-color gamut, and low power.

201802102a7d57.jpgA picture of Professor Zhou Guofu (left) and Professor Alex Henzen (right)

"The e-reader market has waited for a color video e-paper display for many years. And, this is a very huge demanding market, for education and outdoor application," says Professor Zhou. "Our display technology really matches the full features these devices require. We are going to release our first application product by the end of this year."


Professor Zhou Guofu and his team are working on the project.

Great appreciation for the support of the National Key Research and Development Program of China (2016YFB0401500).

Source from News Center;South China Academy of Advanced Optoelectronics

Translated by Li Jianru

Proofread by Edwin Baak 

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