Freescale and E Ink begin colourful partnership

Freescale and E Ink have begun a colourful partnership. The pair have teamed up to create “one of the industry’s first monolithic colour eReaders.”

The i.MX508 processor is built on ARM’s Cortex A8  and claims to help OEMs with energy efficiency and system cost savings. It is also said to support next-generation eReader panels, which are expected to feature larger dimensions, faster page turns and better resolution. The processor supports panel resolutions up to 2048 x1536 pixels at 106 hertz.

In addition it allows manufacturers to use a single platform for entire eReader ranges, including both greyscale and colour E Ink displays. This is said to enable software sharing across platforms to speed up market times.

“Freescale and E Ink have been constantly raising the bar on eReader performance,” said Sri Peruvemba, chief marketing officer for E Ink Holdings. “The i.MX508 processor driving E Ink’s Pearl and Triton display platforms is another step toward meeting market need for best-in-class monochrome and colour electrophoretic displays.”

But this seems to be an open relationship with Freescale also working with eReading service Kobo, which uses the i.MX35 processor in its Kobo-branded eReaders. According to the company Kobo’s collection of more than 2.2 million books, newspapers and magazines, and relationships with major book and consumer electronics retailers will help it grow in the eReader space.