April 30, 2013 AT 6:34 pm

NEW PRODUCTS – rePaper – 1.44″ and 2.7″ Graphic eInk Development Boards

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NEW PRODUCTS – rePaper – 1.44″ and 2.7″ Graphic eInk Development Boards – Ever since the Kindle eReader came out, we’ve been wanting a nice small graphical eInk display that is easy to use with a microcontroller. And finally our desires have been fulfilled with the rePaper 1.44″ and 2.7″ development boards from Pervasive Displays! We’re excited to offer these very interesting display breakouts for hackers who want to start playing with small eInk displays.

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These kits come with a driver board that is powered from 3V and has level shifting on all the I/O pins so it can be used with 5V microcontrollers such as the Arduino. The PCB also has a lot of driver circuitry required to keep the display running smoothly such a temperature sensor, FLASH memory and ZIF socket. All signals are broken out to a 20 male socket header on the left. A 20 pin socket/socket cable is included to make wiring easier and there’s also some extra-long header so you can plug these wires into Arduino header or a breadboard.

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The displays are 2.7″ diagonal with 264 x 176 resolution and 1.44″ diagonal and 128 x 96 resolution, true eInk graphical display. These are intended for use as small dynamic signage in grocery stores since a barcode displayed on it can be scanned by a laser barcode-reader. The displays do not require any power to keep the image and will stay ‘on’ without any power connection for many days before slowly fading. Of course, they’re also daylight readable and are very high contrast. This makes them excellent for data-logging applications, outdoor displays, or any other ultra-low power usages.

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The good news is that rePaper/PDI have provided a suite of example code for Arduino UNO/Leonardo as well as the MSP430 Launchpad and also have a site with some documentation on how to wire up the displays and datasheets. However, please note: the displays are quite large pixel-wise and to dynamically write to the display requires 3K of RAM – more than the Arduino Uno or Leo/Launchpad so for those boards, the example code only displays what is stored in a 8-pin FLASH chip in the devboard. (By default that FLASH contains a picture of a cat and some imaged text, see photos above).

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If you want to draw ‘dynamically’ (lines, circles, text, etc) you will need an Arduino Mega (Due not tested at this time. Check our tutorial for information on how to wire to a Mega so that you can use the Adafruit GFX library for drawing.

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Technical Details for rePaper – 1.44″ Graphic eInk Development Board

Item Specification Unit Note
Outline Dimension 40.512(H) x 28.800(V) x 1.200(T) mm (1)
Active Area 29.312(H) x 21.984(V) mm
Driver Element a-Si TFT active matrix -
FPL V110 -
Pixel Number 128 x 96 pixel
Pixel Pitch 0.229 x 0.229 (111dpi) mm
Pixel Arrangement Vertical stripe -
Display Colors Black/White -
Surface Treatment Anti-Glare -

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Technical Details for rePaper – 2.7″ Graphic eInk Development Board

Item Specification Unit Note
Outline Dimension 70.42(H) x 45.80(V) x 1.00(T) mm (1)
Active Area 57.288(H) x 38.192(V) mm
Driver Element a-Si TFT active matrix -
FPL V110 -
Pixel Number 264 x 176 pixel
Pixel Pitch 0.217 x 0.217 (117dpi) mm
Pixel Arrangement Vertical stripe -
Display Colors Black/White -
Surface Treatment Anti-Glare -

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