So You *Really* Want a Kindle DX? Get One This Month from E Ink for Only $4,000
E Ink, the Cambridge, MA, company that invented the electronic paper technology behind Amazon’s Kindle e-book devices and Sony’s PRS-500 line, announced today that the same 9.7-inch screen going into the new Kindle DX will be available as part of prototype kit that will go on sale this month, before Amazon ships its own device.
The so-called Broadsheet AM300 kit—which includes an active matrix electronic ink display, a Marvell XScale processor, a Bluetooth transceiver, an MMC card reader, lithium-ion batteries, all mounted on a Gumstix computer board—will cost $4,000. Another kit including the 6-inch display used in the current Amazon and Sony devices is already available from E Ink’s online store for $3,000.
E Ink’s prototype kits are intended for hardware engineers developing next-generation electronic paper devices. Indeed, because E Ink will sell the basic technology to anyone, the larger 9.7-inch screen could become the basis of a number of devices that compete directly with the Kindle DX.
The success of E Ink’s so-called “Vizplex” e-paper films—which contain millions of tiny balls filled with electrically charged black and white particles—”has prompted a lot of interest in eNewspaper and eTextbook applications,” Sriram Peruvemba, E Ink’s vice president of marketing, said in today’s announcement.