E Ink Holdings, the company best known for providing the screens used in both the Amazon Kindle and other eInk-based eReaders is promising to deliver color E Ink readers to manufacturers by the end of the year that feature more flexible displays and faster refresh rates/page turns.
Also, two additional eInk technologies are currently undergoing consumer testing and are expected to hit the market either late this year or early 2011. Company chairman Scott Liu reported recently that each will be a variety a touchscreen, one being capacitive, and the other for use with a stylus, according to the DigiTimes.
To this point most E Ink displays have not offered touch capabilities, and none have delivered color. A color EPD is in progress and the panel is said to combine color filters with the latest Pearl technology.
Demand for EPD displays is already surging and color eReaders are expected to account for nearly ten percent of the global market in Q1 of 2011, the DigiTimes reports.