"We have a next-gen technology that's much brighter, should be more cost effective and has a number of other good attributes. It is this that we will license out," he said.
"I still believe in the technology," he continued. "It's always on and outdoor viewable. And one of the things that will be in the new technology is a better colour gamut."
Pocket Lint took those statements to mean that the Mirasol screen would show up on ereaders. Yeah, that's not going to happen - not on any large scale.
This screen tech first appeared on the trade show scene back in 2009, and it was originally planned to for use on ereaders. This was going to be a low-power color alternative to E-ink, but Qualcomm was unfortunately unable to get production costs down. They also couldn't solve an ongoing problem with a high failure rate due to general poor production quality (I've been told elsewhere that is a tricky product to manufacture). And once tablets and ereaders got cheap enough and battery life improved there was little to justify the extra cost on a Mirasol screen.
Qualcomm killed their own production lines back in July of 2011 and announced plans to switch to licensing the tech to other manufacturers. Sure, Qualcomm is still investing in some research, and sure, this tech might show up somewhere eventually. But I don't see any chance of an ereader equipped with a Mirasol screen.
Leaving aside the fact that Qualcomm is trying to license the tech but not manufacturing it anymore, Qualcomm would have to offer the screen component at less than the cost of a comparable sized E-ink screen in order to gain the interest of device makers. That is around $50 or less, and at that price Qualcomm would basically be giving it away.
And I seriously doubt that anyone else will license the tech just to sell the screens at that price; the screen units cost too much to make.
All in all, this is a non-story.