Sony and E-ink Launch New JV, Linfiny, to Develop E-ink Notebooks (But Possibly Not Laptops)

Sony and E-ink Launch New JV, Linfiny, to Develop E-ink Notebooks (But Possibly Not Laptops) e-Reading Hardware

So it turns out that "E-ink laptop" briefly mentioned last week in an interview of E-ink CEO Frank Ko is, if not yet a real device, may actually be on the development road map.

Digitimes (of all places) has an article on Linfiny, the new joint venture launched by Sony and E-ink in April. It has a name now, and a purpose. It's going to develop notebook products built around E-ink screens.

From the description, we're not talking about E-ink screens as an accessory, but it's also not clear whether they're talking about notebooks as in laptops or notebooks as in tablets:

The joint venture is set to optimize the design and R&D capability at Sony Semiconductor Solutions and backend module production capacity at EIH to develop e-paper products and solutions to enable clients to shorten time-to-market for new e-paper products, Ko said.

The e-notebook products being developed by Linfiny will come with pen-writing functionality and will target professional and educational markets, Ko said, noting that the joint venture will also offer integrated services to help clients accelerate product developments.

Linfiny will also look for replacement markets for its e-notebook products in the technology, legal, financial and medical care sectors where demand for electronic documents and digital search is strong, Ko added.

The article goes on to say that E-ink's partners in China, Europe, Japan, and the US will roll out new e-notebook products in the second half of of this year.

That is a curious word, isn't it?

E-Notebook, I mean.

On the one hand, it suggests notebook computers, but on the other hand it more strongly suggests a digital replacement for a paper notebook rather than a device like the prototype Onyx Boox Typewriter, which has a keyboard and a 9.7" E-ink screen.

My point is that I think E-ink is expecting more devices like the Remarkable or the Sony DPT-RP1, devices that are essentially E--ink tablets with styluses. I don't see that we have enough evidence yet to support a particular site's claim that Linfiny is working on an epaper laptop.

But I could be wrong, so I followed up with E-ink (last week). I'm still waiting to hear back.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

2 Comments

  1. Chris16 January, 2018

    Perhaps they’re going to try to use e-ink to improve upon existing “smart notebooks” like the Rocketbook?

    If that’s their goal, I wish them luck. I’m not sure how they’ll be able to compete financially in that space. It also appears to me like those products aren’t nearly as popular as they were when Livescribe first released their smartpen. If anybody at CES had a new smartpen or smart notebook, I’ve been unable to find info on it.

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