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OLPC XO-3 unbreakable Pixel Qi to show after CES

Posted by Charbax – November 3, 2010

OLPC is working to design an unbreakable screen and thus may not have the XO-3 prototypes ready to show at CES in January. Marvell and its partners will likely have lots of tablets to show by then though. An unbreakable and sunlight readable Pixel Qi screen is an important feature of the XO-3 to make it a viable option for developing countries, as well as its abilities to be used for full productivity and for fast text input.

Source: pcworld.com

Pixel Qi 7″ screens coming too

Posted by Charbax – September 20, 2010

Pixel Qi is the single most revolutionary LCD screen technology, adding the benefits of low power, reflectivity, long form and outdoor readability all the while providing a switch on the side of the device to provide full color backlight mode to the screen as well. Thus combining Tablets with E-readers, making 50-hour tablet battery runtime without increasing battery size a possibility and bringing full color video, web browsing and full Android UIs to E-readers. The 10.1" screen will be announced soon for more products than just Notion Ink and Innoversal:

We will be announcing other products carrying Pixel Qi screens here in this blog; stay tuned.

Pixel Qi provides some insights into the reason why several tablet projects including the ones to use Pixel Qi have been delayed because of the success of the disruptive iPad:

Tight supply chain and 100% factory usage this spring and summer coupled with Apple’s disruptive iPad effectively had a 1-2 punch impact: delaying most tablet makers from coming to market as early as they wished. The situation has eased: the supply chain is more robust and factory capacity is widely available. Many of our device makers used this downtime to refine their designs with the result being even more exciting offerings that are highly differentiated from the iPad with options well beyond ATT for carriers. These device maker partners will be making more announcements coming this fall.

And so, a screen that I think would be perfect for the Archos 70 Internet Tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Foxconn ARM11 Powered 7" Tablet reference design, Pixel Qi is announcing the development of the 7" Pixel Qi screen size. Here's also who needs to absolutely use the 7" Pixel Qi screen, the $35 Indian HRD Tablet Project!!!

We are developing a 7” screen for tablets and ereaders that is planned for mass production in H1 2011. Samples will be available earlier, perhaps by late Q4 2010.

In my opinion, everyone in the industry with 7" and 10.1" LCD tablet projects, all need to be a part of this revolution and need to use this amazing screen. Hopefully with mass manufacturing and large serious orders, the screen will be cheap enough to be close to the price of a normal LCD, hopefully the yield and the long term performance in use will be just as good as normal LCD.

Source: http://pixelqi.com/blog1/2010/09/17/pixel-qi-tablet-availability-diy-screen-success-and-other-updates/

Innoversal shows Pixel Qi Tablet

Posted by Charbax – June 2, 2010

Innoversal has a good looking Pixel Qi tablet design, based on Intel Atom for now, with an ARM Powered one coming soon as well. It runs Chromium OS, Android or Windows 7.

Pixel Qi vs iPad

Posted by Charbax – June 1, 2010

Comparison of the Pixel Qi screen and the iPad screen in broad sunlight. Pixel Qi wins.

Pixel Qi wide view capacitive

Posted by Charbax – June 1, 2010

Mary Lou Jepsen demonstrates the Pixel Qi wide angle view capacitive touch 10" screen, with anti-glare layer, wacom touch, two actual Pixel Qi prototypes as well as she explains how the Pixel Qi screen is actually made.

Pixel Qi shows 10″ capacitive

Posted by Charbax – May 31, 2010

Imagine being able to combine the Laptop, Tablet and e-reader into one convertible device, then having a screen technology that enables you to take it outside in the sun! Geeks outdoors in the sun, how cool is that going to be? Imagine also being able to turn off the backlight, increase up to 5x the battery runtime of your Tablet compared to for example the iPad. At Computex 2010, Pixel Qi is finally releasing the 3Qi screen, here demonstrating 10" capacitive touch screen support and with half a dozen or more major partners. Here are some details from Mary Lou Jepsen, CTO of Pixel Qi, about the current status of the mass manufacturing of this technology. Look forward to many more Pixel Qi related videos from Computex 2010 uploaded right here on http://ARMdevices.net

OLPC to use Pixel Qi 3Qi screens

Posted by Charbax – March 30, 2010
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A cross-licencing deal between the One Laptop Per Child non-profit and Pixel Qi has been announced in this press release:

As a result of the agreement, OLPC receives full license to all Pixel Qi “3qi” screen technology, including 70+ patents in process and all current and future IP developed by Pixel Qi for multi-mode screens. Pixel Qi is leading the design of new screens for OLPC’s next-generation XO laptops.

“A huge barrier to getting computers to mass use in the developing world is limited access to electricity. Pixel Qi is designing new screens for OLPC that will keep laptops going even longer between recharges and excel in long-form reading while providing color and video,” said Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of One Laptop per Child.

Mary Lou Jepsen, founder and CEO of Pixel Qi, added, “OLPC’s focus on the need for low-cost, low-power devices led me to invent power-efficient LCD screens that are optimized for reading. Commercial tablets, notebook computers and smart phones have precisely the same needs. This is one of the few examples in which cutting-edge computer technology first deployed for developing nations benefits the developed world as well.”

A few questions I would have about this awesome partnership:

1. Will a version of XO 1.5 come with the 10" 3Qi screen in the same form factor design?

2. If 3Qi only comes to OLPC starting with the ARM Powered XO 1.75, will it come in the 10" size or will they cut a smaller 7.5" version of it? My guess is to keep the costs low, they will pick the mass produced 10" size there, and fit it inside of the same design just removing most of the screen bezel.

3. I can't wait to learn what power consumption the XO 1.75 and XO 3.0 can run at using the Pixel Qi screen. Does it now run 50 hours on a battery? How much better are ARM Powered laptops like the XO 1.75 and ARM Powered tablets like the XO 3.0 at implementing the DCON processor process where the main processor can turn itself off completely when not in use?

4. Can anyone confirm that we will soon see Pixel Qi in the Marvell Moby Tablet project? Thus sooner see some implementation of tablets for education leading to the full release of the XO 3.0 tablet.

Look perhaps for some answers at Mary-Lou Jepsen's blog. Watch again some of my many Pixel Qi videos:
I'm testing it outdoors at CES
Interviewing Mary-Lou Jepsen about Pixel Qi's status at CES
Demonstrating the Notion Ink Android tablet that uses Pixel Qi
Comparing Pixel Qi with Toshiba's transflective screen and the Kindle's e-ink
Filming in Mary-Lou Jepsen's home lab
Interviewing Mary-Lou Jepsen at Computex 2009
Introducing the Pixel Qi screen at Computex 2009

This press release was found via: slashgear.com

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Mary Lou Jepsen shows Pixel Qi at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 8, 2010

Mary Lou Jepsen, Founder of Pixel Qi, provides the latest status of the Pixel Qi screens, tells us about their latest engineering and production ready designs, current power consumption and power consumption targets.

Charbax tests Pixel Qi at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 8, 2010

I am testing the latest production ready Pixel Qi screen outdoors by the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. It is the technology that will combine Laptops with Tablets and Ereaders.

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Notion Ink Pixel Qi tablet with Nvidia Tegra2 processor

Posted by Charbax – January 8, 2010

Notion Ink is the first example of awesome Pixel Qi screen integration in ARM Powered devices. This is the first example of the huge revolution that comes with ARM Cortex A9 Power and a Pixel Qi display. This is awesome.

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