Philips to Make E-Newspaper Device

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By: E&P Staff

Philips Electronics announced Monday that it is preparing to mass-produce a slim, five-inch display panel upon which users can download newspapers and magazines. The display can then be rolled up and tucked into a pen-sized holder.

Philips, Europe’s largest consumer electronics and lighting firm, teamed with Cambridge, Mass.-based E Ink on the display technology, Reuters reports. The Dutch firm said the displays will use electronic circuits made of plastics, which allow for the download of text and detailed images.

Prototypes have already been shown, and a Philips spokesman said the company could produce about 1 million displays by 2005.

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