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E-paper display modules drive new batteryless RFID-enabled tags for logistics and inventory manageme


Tainan City, Taiwan, March 28, 2017 - Pervasive Displays (PDi), a world leader in e paper displays, announces that its low power e-paper display (EPD) modules have been used by Japan-based TOPPAN Printing Co. Ltd to create a batteryless EPD tag with integrated RFID functionality, for logistics and inventory management.

Designed to replace both paper labels and RFID tags, the batteryless RFID-enabled EPD tag from TOPPAN Printing combines a Pervasive Displays EPD module and programmable RFID tag. Users can update a device’s EPD and RFID tag data at the same time using a smartphone or NFC reader/writer. The ultra-low power consumption device doesn’t have a battery and works simply off harvested RF energy supplied solely from the RFID reader / writer.

TOPPAN batteryless_e-paper_tag
TOPPAN batteryless_e-paper tag

The combination of an EPD and RFID in a single device allows these tags to streamline inventory management, manufacturing and logistics operations. Both the human- and machine-readable data can be updated easily and efficiently at the same time without the inconvenience of maintaining separate paper and RFID labels.

Pervasive Displays’ Aurora Mb EPD modules are the lowest power consumption displays currently on the market, requiring as little as 2 mA current during display update operations. This ultra-low power consumption means display updates can be powered purely by harvested energy from NFC, RFID, solar or thermal sources.

Unlike traditional active matrix LCD displays, e-paper technology is bistable, meaning no power is required to maintain the image on the tag. Additional power savings are made because a backlight is not needed to read the reflective display.

Shinji Ooi, General Manager of TOPPAN’s Business Development Center said, “Our new RFID-enabled EPD tags combine the human readability of an e-paper display, the machine readability of RFID, and the ease of use of batteryless NFC technology. This creates an all-in-one labeling solution ideal for logistics, warehousing and inventory management. We were able to create this device thanks to the low-power EPD technology from Pervasive Displays.”

“The low power consumption characteristics and bistable nature of e-paper technology has made it possible to make these remarkable, batteryless devices using EPDs,” remarked Scott Soong, CEO of Pervasive Displays. “We’re delighted to have worked with TOPPAN Printing on this product.”

About Pervasive Displays
Pervasive Displays designs, manufactures and markets e-paper displays for applications requiring high resolution, good readability and low power consumption. The company focuses on commercial and industrial applications including retail, logistics, healthcare, security and manufacturing. Its mature TFT, integrated circuit and e-paper platforms reduce risks and improve product value. Pervasive Displays simplifies the work of designers by providing both standard and custom displays and offering extensive technical support through an ecosystem of partners. Design resources include detailed product specifications, application notes, reference designs, source code and applications support. The company is based in Tainan City, Taiwan and has offices in The Netherlands and Oregon, USA. More information:

About TOPPAN Printing
TOPPAN Printing was founded in 1900 in Tokyo, Japan. Based on its printing technologies, TOPPAN undertakes a wide range of activities in its three business fields of Information & Communication (Secure Business, Marketing, Content Business), Living & Industry (Packaging, Interior Décor Materials, Functional Product & Energy Related), and Electronics (Display Related, Semiconductor Related). In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, TOPPAN posted revenues of JPY1,474 billion (approx. US $13 billion) and ended the year with approximately 47,000 employees. For more information, visit:

Since 2001, TOPPAN has worked on the commercialization of electrophoretic Electronic Paper Displays (EPDs), enabling the launch of the World's first E Ink eReader in 2004. TOPPAN currently develops color filters for EPDs, EPD signage, supplies dot matrix EPDs from Pervasive Displays to the Japanese market and mass produces segmented EPDs.

By taking advantage of the 3 key benefits of EPDs, namely paper-like readability, ultra-low power consumption and thin & light form factor, TOPPAN also develops EPDs solutions tailored to the Retail, Manufacturing & Logistics and Public sectors. For more information visit:

Media contacts
Mr. Charming Su, Director of Product Management and Field Applications, Pervasive Displays.
4F, No.28, Chuangye Road, Tainan Science Park, Tainan City (74144) Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Tel: +886 6279 5399

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