E-books just got easier to design with the help of new semiconductor chips and open-source software from Texas Instruments. Using the same E-Ink display as other eBooks, TI's chips set cuts costs and shrinks size. Look for all major vendors to consider switching to TI's chip set in 2010. R.C.J.
Texas Instruments has developed custom silicon and software intended to streamline the design process for e-books using the same E-Ink display--the same display used Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook, Spring Design's Alex and Hearst's Skiff, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) choosing TI's chip set and software can lengthen the battery lifetime of their e-books by 50 percent while shrinking the footprint by eliminating 40 discrete components.
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