From an email:

Following the announcement of our new product, the Cybook Odyssey, we received many questions regarding the HSIS technology.

What is High Speed Ink System (HSIS)?

HSIS is an architecture developed by Bookeen and results from 2 years of research & development. This architecture is made of hardware and software components in order to boost electronic ink.

Cornerstones of HSIS which are incorporated within the Cybook Odyssey are:

– Optimized software stack and algorithms, developed with quality and performance in mind from the ground up. The main goals are to increase computing speed and refresh display rate thanks to a very sharp display management.

An E Ink Pearl touch display providing a best-in-class e-paper reading experience.

– A dedicated Cortex A8 processor, developed by Texas Instruments in partnership with Bookeen, which brings pure and efficient horsepower.

A consumer electronic product can be seen as a chain of hardware and software elements. As for any chain, it is as strong as its weak link. With HSIS, there’s no weak link: all links are robust and optimized. HSIS is the foundation for a perfectly balanced e-reader.

What does HSIS bring to the Cybook Odyssey?

– Comfort: an intuitive e-reading experience.

– Speed: a reactive and smooth user interface.

– Power efficiency: record battery life.

For example, the Cybook Odyssey is the first e-paper reader to provide rolling menus or a scrolling web browser. More features will be revealed in the forthcoming days.

How will HSIS evolve?

This architecture already allows e-reading devices to be built with different display sizes, with different bistable technologies (E Ink, SiPix,…), and with grayscale as well as color e-paper displays.

We take this opportunity to thank E Ink and Texas Instruments for these fruitful collaborations.

Based in Paris (France),the Bookeen team have been pioneers in the ebook industry since 1998 and have developed many e-reading solutions in over 13 years. We’re very proud to bring innovation to the market with our HSIS technology and through the launch of the Cybook Odyssey you will be able to experience it to its full capacity.  .


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