The best part about going to a tech conference (especially one with a track dedicated to screen tech) is that I get to hear the most interesting rumors. For example, I was told yesterday that a rumor has been circulating for the past few months that Samsung has been looking to divest themselves of their Netherlands-based screen tech company Liquavista.
I can't name my source, unfortunately, so for all you know I could be making this up. But the person I spoke to is the head of a competing screen tech company, and he had been hearing rumors since long before I reported on the story a couple weeks ago.
The really interesting part (to me, at least) is that my source hadn't heard about Amazon being interested. All he had heard was that Samsung wanted to divest. My source told me that no one in the industry can understand why Samsung would want to get rid of Liquavista, but that is what is going around.
Suddenly the rumor about Amazon being interested in investing in Liquavista isn't quite as crazy as it sounds, is it? It would certainly be a logical use for the new financial holding company that Amazon created in the Netherlands in early January.
This might also explain why the CEO of Liquavista, Johan Feenstra, is now connected on LinkedIn to a Dutch lawyer who, according to his LinkedIn profile, specializes in M&A employment issues.
All of this is completely speculative, but as I have said before I think Amazon could be looking at Liquavista for screens for the next Kindle hardware. Given that it now looks like Samsung doesn't want the company I really have to wonder if Liquavista is changing hands.
If anyone has other info in this story, or can tell me where to look for it, please leave a comment or send me an email.
P.S. Here's some background on the current state of Liquavista's screen tech. As you can see it's better than E-ink in some ways but nowhere near as good the LCD screens Liquavista is making.