AUO and CMI talk to E-ink Holdings over fringes in the field

E Ink Holdings is in talks with AU Optronics (AUO) and Chimei Innolux (CMI) over its fringe field switching technology, which they hope will attract panel orders for iPad or similar iPhone products.

The first we heard about this story was through our friend Dan Bloom in Twain who told us the company had changed it’s name from PVI to E INK Holdings.

However according to Digitimes, market observers hae said that  AUO is more likely to use the VA (vertical alignment) technology to produce panels for tablet PCs, while CMI is expected to obtain the FFS technology in order to enter the supply chain of iPad.

If this was the case then it would help Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) reduce the production cost for the tablet device that the EMS player is making for Apple, the observers said.

The news follows an earlier statement by E INK Holdings, where it said that despite supplying its E Ink product for the Amazon Kindle among others, it would not be making it’s own reader.