Seiko Epson lets loose with OLEDs and ‘bots

Nov. 18, 2003 — Seiko Epson Corp. has developed a controller chip for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays designed for car electronics and other consumer devices, according to a news release.


The S1D13701 is based on Epson’s existing display control chip series platform but has been modified for OLED displays. The chip, equipped with a signal output that connects directly to an OLED panel, is designed for display sizes used in car audio systems, the release said.


The company said the chip greatly reduces the load on the system’s central processing unit, and should lower costs by reducing development time. Epson expects to begin shipping samples shortly.


Epson also said has developed what it calls the world’s smallest Micro Flying Robot, on display this week at the 2003 International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo.


The prototype, which is not planned for commercial launch, was developed to demonstrate its “micromechatronics technology.” The 8.9-gram, 70-millimeter-tall microrobot includes a linear microactuator that acts as a stabilization mechanism, and contrarotating propellers powered by an ultrathin, ultrasonic motor.


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