Expect Larger ePaper Displays for Signage Thanks to E Ink and AUO Partnership

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E Ink, the ePaper technology company, just announced a strategic partnership with AUO, a global leading supplier of display and smart application solutions, to develop large-size color ePaper displays. E Ink will provide full-color ePaper modules, while AUO will provide integrated software and hardware technologies along with the TFT backplane components.

AUO’s Smart Retail Business Group has cultivated a global demand through its subsidiaries, deploying technologies like digital signage and electronic shelf labels to enable retail’s digital transformation. Despite the priority of implementing digital tools in retail environments, E Ink says retailers often rely on in-store advertising via printed posters, which lacks dynamic content management for use cases like promotions or discounts. E Ink’s Spectra 6 color ePaper offers an alternative to paper posters. With its vivid, high-saturation colors and ultra-low power consumption, the display quality matches traditional printed posters. Integrated with AUO’s software and hardware platform, retailers can manage all consumer-facing points of purchase on a single cloud platform, encompassing LCD, LED, electronic shelf labels, and large-size color ePaper displays.

AUO is “dedicated to providing solutions for sustainable transformation.” At this year’s Touch Taiwan exhibition, AUO will launch a cloud-based platform solution that integrates digital signage and electronic shelf labels. Its integrated CMS serves over 30,000 client nodes globally. Looking forward, AUO plans to introduce additional large-size, ultra-low power consumption, energy-efficient display solutions using ePaper technology, aiming to expand their partner ecosystem in smart applications to build a sustainable future together.

E Ink says it has researched the CO2 effects of using paper versus ePaper displays and found significant CO2 savings with the use of E Ink ePaper displays. Over the past seven years, 600 million three-inch electronic shelf labels (ESLs) have been installed worldwide. If it is assumed that the price and information are changed four times a day, ePaper tags can reduce CO2 emissions by 32,000 times when compared to a single-use paper price tag. These findings compare the amount of CO2 emitted in producing the electricity necessary to run 600 million ESLs for seven years with the amount of CO2 emitted in producing 600 million paper price tags of the same size changed four times a day for seven years.