Samsung today announced it has acquired display technology firm
Liquavista BV, which specializes in electronic paper technology.
Samsung completed the acquisition of Liquavista, based in Eindhoven,
the Netherlands, in December 2010.
Liquavista, founded in 2006 as a spin-out from the Philips Research
Labs, offers a new type of electronic display technology known as
electrowetting for applications in e-readers, mobile phones, media
players and other mobile devices.
The electrowetting technology, which operates in transmissive,
reflective, transparent and transflective modes, enables the creation
of displays with bright, colorful images with dramatically reduced
power consumption. Offering more than twice the transmittance of LCD
technology and able to operate at low frequencies, displays utilizing
electrowetting consume just 10 percent of the battery power of
existing display technologies, according to Samsung.
With the acquisition of Liquavista, Samsung aims to expand its
leadership in next generation display technologies by pioneering the
application of electrowetting in e-Paper and transparent displays. As
electrowetting can be manufactured by modifying existing LCD
production lines, Samsung will be able to realize significant
synergies through the utilization of existing manufacturing equipment
"We are thrilled by this event" said Johan Feenstra, Liquavista's
Founder and newly appointed CEO of Liquavista, "the outright
acquisition of Liquavista by the largest electronics company in the
world is the fulfilment of a strategy dating back to the original
spin-out and, confirmation of the disruptive potential that our
technology will have in the display market."
LG Display, which supplies panels for Sony's Sony Reader, is also in
a technology partnership with Taiwan's E Ink Holdings.
In e-paper applications, the response time of the electrowetting
displays will be more than 70 times faster than that of existing
reflective displays, allowing for color videos, which was previously
thought impossible. In future, the application of the technology is
expected to expand to transparent, transmissive and transflective