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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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