Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Samsung Snags World's Largest ElectroWetting Company. What about the Silver Nanoparticles?

In the "...Not that we here at DOTC are prophetic, or anything..." category.

Mentioned on TheDeathOfTheCopier, November 26, 2010 in "What is ElectroWetting: Dipping a Toe into the future of "Print"? we pondered moving images on everyday paper.

"...With the right paper, the right process and the right device fabrication technique, you can get results that are as good as you would get on glass, and our results are good enough for a video-style e-reader..."

At the time, it seemed more a movie than reality.

It seems Samsung may have an idea or two about this - they just bought the company.

(Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co said on Thursday it had acquired Dutch display firm Liquavista, which specializes in electronic paper technology, as the world's biggest LCD screen maker seeks to expand in the booming mobile display market.

Samsung declined to reveal the acquisition value of the Eindhoven-based firm, a spin-out from Philips Research Labs.

Liquavista offers a new type of electronic display technology called electrowetting used in e-readers, mobile phones and media players and consumes just 10 percent of the battery power of existing display technologies, Samsung said.

"As electrowettingcan be manufactured by modifying LCD production lines, Samsung will be able to realize significant synergies through the utilization of existing manufacturing equipment and capabilities," it said in a statement.

The move marks growing interest in the next-generation display technology by electronics firms, as they vie for a bigger share of the emerging e-reader market which is dominated by the likes of Amazon's Kindle e-book and Apple's iPad tablet.

LG Display, which supplies panels for Sony's Sony Reader, is also in a technology partnership with Taiwan's E Ink Holdings.

Shares in Samsung Electronics fell 1.3 percent on Thursday, after rising more than 3 percent on Wednesday to fresh record highs, as strong results by Apple lifted expectations of a recovery in the battered technology sector.

In a seemingly unrelated story, scientists have figured out how to coat paper with nanoparticles of silver creating a SilverBullet lethal to bacteria such as E. Coli.  Paper that could be used as food packaging material.

This method involves ultrasound, to anchor the particles on paper.  The new coating method may extend to other nanomaterials.  Possibly making papers water resistant, and allowing various degrees of conductivity.

Remember, various degrees of conductivity, allows for some interesting results - like the rapidly changing colors/frames of video.

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