Epson Announces User-Friendly EPD Controller Module

  Epson Announces User-Friendly EPD Controller Module

    - New module an ideal choice for accelerating product time-to-market -

electronica 2012

Business Wire

TOKYO -- October 30, 2012

Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson," TSE: 6724), a global supplier of imaging
products and semiconductor solutions, today announced a newly developed
e-paper display (EPD) controller module. The S4E5B001B000A00, which measures
only 2.3 cm x 2.3 cm, consists of the key electronic elements necessary for an
E Ink EPD-based product such as Epson’s high-performance EPD controller
(S1D13522): a power management IC (PMIC), 4-Mbit flash memory for
command/waveform storage, and an on-board 26-MHz crystal oscillator.

Epson S4E5B001B000A00 (Photo: Business Wire)

Epson S4E5B001B000A00 (Photo: Business Wire)

The EPD controller (S1D13522) mounted on the module is an industry-proven,
multi-pipeline EPD controller that has already been widely adopted by various
e-book manufacturers. It reduces CPU overheads for EPD applications by
allowing multi-regional and concurrent display updates, picture-in-picture,
rotation, transparency and hardware cursor functions to achieve the optimal
display experience.

Epson believes that the S4E5B001B000A00 is an ideal choice for any customer
who seeks to easily develop EPD applications without needing to go through a
complex technical learning process, and which has the potential to accelerate
time-to-market for EPD-related products.

"We applaud Epson for constantly innovating their semiconductor offerings,"
said Sri Peruvemba, CMO, E Ink. "The new module will reduce design time and
complexity for customers and will help open up new markets."

“In recent years, Epson has mainly concentrated on providing unique EPD
controller products to e-book customers. Our next goal is to expand our
product lineup to include industrial and other promising new applications,”
said Kazuhiro Takenaka, deputy chief operating officer of Epson’s Microdevices
Operations Division. “Customers are already designing products using our
module and we expect to see many more opportunities as we move forward.”

To further assist customers integrate EPDs into their products, CPU companies
expect to release reference designs featuring the S4E5B001B000A00 in the
fourth quarter of 2012. Samples of the S4E5B001B000A00 are available from
today, and production is expected to start in December 2012.

Epson plans to demonstrate the S4E5B001B000A00 at Electronica 2012 in Munich,
Germany (November 13 to 16).

For documentation and further details about the S4E5B001B000A00, please see
the following link:
http://www.epson.jp/device/semicon_e/product/lcd_controllers/#ac08

Global customer Inquiries:

Please locate your regional Epson electronic device sales office at:
http://www.epson.jp/device/e/device_worldwide.htm

About Epson

Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader whose product lineup ranges
from inkjet printers and 3LCD projectors to sensors and other microdevices.
Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers
customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision
technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and
industry.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more
than 75,000 employees in 97 companies around the world, and is proud of its
ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which
it operates. http://global.epson.com/

About E Ink Holdings

Founded in 1992 by Taiwan's leading papermaking and printing group YFY
(1907.TW), E Ink Holdings Inc. ("E Ink," 8069.TW) is the pioneer of TFT and
e-paper business in Taiwan. Its corporate philosophy aims to deliver
revolutionary products, user experiences, and environmental benefits through
advanced technology development. This vision has led to its continuous
investments in the field of e-paper display as well as its 2008 acquisition of
Hydis Technologies, manufacturer of the world's best wide viewing angle LCDs,
and its 2009 acquisition of E Ink Corp., the worldwide leader in e-paper.
Listed in Taiwan's GreTai Securities Market and the Luxembourg market, E Ink
is now the world's largest supplier of displays to the e-book market. For
corporate information, please visit: www.einkgroup.com; for EPD information,
please visit: www.eink.com; and for FFS information, please visit:
www.hydis.com.

About Epson Electronics America, Inc.

Epson Electronics America, Inc. (EEA), a subsidiary of Japan-based Seiko Epson
Corporation (SEC), is responsible for sales, marketing, and engineering of the
product lines of SEC’s Microelectronics Device Division in the Americas. EEA
provides a wide array of timing and frequency control products, integrated
circuits, sensing devices, and system solutions for customer products and
applications that require high levels of accuracy, reliability, stability,
energy efficiency, and compact design. Based in San Jose, California, the EEA
Group has four regional offices, more than 40 sales offices in the U.S., and a
growing network of exclusive distributors. For more information, please visit:
www.eea.epson.com.

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Contact:

Epson Electronics America, Inc.
Jan Souza
310-955-5317
jsouza@eea.epson.com
or
For E Ink Corporation
Schwartz Communications
Doug Russell or Bill Donlan
781-684-0770
eink@schwartz-pr.com