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E Ink and Fujitsu Semiconductor announce reference design for battery-less ePaper tags

Two major trends in the electronics industry - battery-less and energy harvesting - is opening up the opportunity for logistics ePaper tags in the logistics management industry

Toppan - E Ink batteryless rfid shelf tag

7 Sep 2018 | Editor

E Ink and Fujitsu Semiconductor have announced the joint development of a reference design board for battery-less ePaper tags. The solution adopts E Ink's low voltage ePaper module and Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited's UHF FRAM RFID LSI, creating an "ideal" combination to enable battery-less ePaper tag applications.

According to the announcement this was a collaborative effort between E Ink, Fujitsu Semiconductor, and Toppan Printing. The reference design board enables data transfer distances of up to 20 cm, enabling the tag to be updated at any time without data storage restrictions.

Toppan is developing and plans to produce battery-less tags initially for Japanese convenience store chains and then for the general logistics and manufacturing sectors.

The battery-less ePaper tag solution will be targeted in applications such as logistics tags, ePaper badges, ID cards or electronic shelf labels.

The reference design board will be exhibited at Toppan Printing's booth (West Hall No.4 D-05) and Denso Wave's booth (West Hall No.4 G-20) in the "AutoID & Communication Expo" at Tokyo Big Sight.

"E Ink is continuously working to improve and develop new power saving ePaper solutions."


"Combining two major trends in the electronics industry, battery-less and energy harvesting, this unique logistics ePaper tag will be a game changer in the logistics management industry. Japanese convenience store chains have already noticed the environmentally friendly value the ePaper tag brings, and are expected to deploy ePaper logistics tag solutions to replace paper tags in Japan."


Johnson Lee, President of E Ink Holdings Inc

"The technology collaboration by E Ink and Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited resulting in a battery-less ePaper solution."


"The reference design board enables maintenance free performance and the inclusion of FRAM allows for low power consumption, fast writing speeds and a non-volatile system. This enables the tag to be updated at any time without data storage restrictions. This technology will generate innovative applications in new markets."


Masato Matsumiya, VP Head of System Memory Company of Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited

"The combination of E Ink technology and the UHF band, widely used in the logistics industry, is a world's first and has promising potential."


"We are working towards early commercialization of this combination."


Shinji Ooi, General Manager of Business Development Center of Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

www.e-ink.com    www.toppan.co.jp    www.fujitsu.com   


About E Ink Holdings

E Ink Holdings Inc. (8069.TWO), based on technology from MIT’s Media Lab, has transformed and defined the eReader market and is redefining the signage, architecture and design, mobile, wearable and retail markets with its ePaper technology, enabling a new multi-billion dollar market in less than 10 years. 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 ePaper displays as well as expanding the use of its technologies into a number of other markets and applications including smart packaging and fashion. Its Electrophoretic Display products make it the worldwide leader for ePaper. Its Fringe Field Switching (FFS) technologies are a standard for high-end LCD displays and have been licensed to all major liquid crystal display makers in the world. Listed in Taiwan's Taipei Exchange (TPEx) and the Luxembourg market, E Ink Holdings is now the world's largest supplier of ePaper displays.

Source: E Ink

About Fujitsu Semiconductors

Fujitsu Semiconductor Group includes a system memory group that is focused on high quality, high performance Ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM), wafer foundry group that has excellent technology and support, and the sales business of Fujitsu Electronics and overseas sales companies. Headquartered in Yokohama, we established as a subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited on March 21, 2008. Through its global sales and development network, with sites in Japan and throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas, we offer semiconductor solutions to the global marketplace.

Source: Fujitsu Semiconductors

About Toppan Printing

Source: Toppan Printing


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