Etulipa's first full-color Electro Wetting display panel is a fact!

26 Jan 2021

Dedication, endurance and expertise in Electro Wetting. Those are the ingredients that ultimately have resulted in Etulipa's first full-color panel. The colors are saturated and bright and meet the high standards the market demands for today. Great achievement! Etulipa is established in hub Mµ on the High tech Campus.

Electro Wetting Display technology offers many possibilities

A true innovation, Electro Wetting Display technology is a kind of e-paper technology. Etulipa patented the technology, which it developed specially for outdoor use.

Grid-independent
The pixels do not generate light – which consumes a lot of energy – but instead reflect sunlight, just like paper. There are no lightbulbs or LEDs involved. That makes an Electro Wetting Display so ultra-low power that it can work completely off-grid using just a solar panel and a battery. That is ideal in circumstances where electricity is not available or expensive to apply. For instance, in big cities the wiring, pipes, and utilities below city concrete is similar to that of spaghetti, hence making it a challenge for installers to find a sweet spot to dig without interfering in other services.

In case of temporary displays,  recharging the batteries, or replacing the displays is a thing of the past.

No light pollution
As with paper, lighting is usually only required during the evening; during the day the ambient light is most often sufficient to read text and see images.

An Electro Wetting Display creates almost zero light pollution and is therefore not intrusive, unlike the more common LED displays. And when LED-displays are not allowed, an EWD can usually get a permit! This opens up new possibilities for Outdoor advertising in residential areas where LED displays are prohibited.

Stacked like roof tiles

A panel consists of 6 full-color tiles. Three rows of two full-color tiles, in which the rows are stacked like roof tiles. Eventually a display will be made up of various panels constructed in such a way that the seams will be barely visible.

The technology

In Etulipa’s EWD technology, the color displays are created by stacking three layers of cells above each other, with cyan, magenta and yellow respectively. Each layer has pixels that can be switched to an absorbing or a non-absorbing state. The whole surface area reflects the appropriate component of the light and this results in more saturated colors and better contrast than any other available color e-paper technology.

Written by
Saskia van de Schoot

directeur new business

Saskia van de Schoot
Source: Etulipa website
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