Merck KGaA is a leader in materials and formulations for the LCD and OLED industries, and has also been developing reflective display materials for several years. Its electro-optical inks are designed for electrophoretic displays and specifically support CLEARink Displays’ TIR (Total Internal Reflection) architecture.
CLEARink Displays offers excellent outdoor readability, full color, video, low power and low cost. The first CLEARink Displays in kit form will be available in the first half of 2017 with commercial product release in early 2018.
“CLEARink is a technology leader in reflective color displays for mobile devices. We are very excited to collaborate with the capable team at CLEARink because its technology allows for fast response and high brightness,” said Brian Daniels, VP and head of the Advanced Technologies business unit at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
Initially targeted applications in the mobile devices space include smart watches and bands, mobile phones, portable eSchoolbooks, electronic shelf labels and others. CLEARink has commenced reference design activity with a select set of leaders in the space.
“We have been working with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, since the very beginning to develop best in class materials for our displays, today we are within striking distance of our goals to release a much needed product into the market,” said Frank Christiaens, CEO of CLEARink Displays. “In the past six months, interest in our technology from customers, investors and eco-system partners has been overwhelming.”
CLEARink will pursue a strategy of selling display modules made by its eco-system partners and will also license its technology for display companies to make their own products.