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January 27, 2010

Neonode rolls out new e-Book touchscreen platform

Based on zForce touchscreen technology

By CBR Staff Writer

Neonode, the Swedish Optical Touchscreen Technology Company, has launched zBook, a new touch screen reference design for e-book readers.

Neonode said that zBook is the new low cost product based on its touchscreen technology zForce. The zBook reference design is aimed at companies who develop and sell e-book readers that require 100% transparent touch windows, finger and stylus input and multi-touch functionality.

The company claims that its zForce technology incorporates all functionality and performance features from traditional touch services like resistive and capacitive, and supports high resolution pen input, multi-finger touch, and gestures like zooming. It is currently being integrated into products such as mobile phones, mobile internet devices, e-books, digital picture frames and tablet PC’s.

Thomas Eriksson, CEO of Neonode Technology, said: “Electronic ink and reflective thin film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) panels with no backlight used in e-book readers need a 100% transparent touch solution to achieve the desired ‘paper like’ reading experience.

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“Current touch solutions like resistive and capacitive reduce the brightness and contrast of the display and have a negative impact on the user experience. Our new e-book touch screen platform, zBook, fulfills the need for both consumers and manufacturers and will usher in a new era of e-books using full featured touchscreen applications.”

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