PixelQi, a screen technology company started by One Laptop per Child (OLPC) alum Mary Lou Jepsen, is ready to shake up the cookie cutter netbooks with outdoor readable, low-power 10-inch LCD screens. According to an interview with PC World and to the PixelQi Web site, the first laptops to use the low-power screen will be 10-inch netbooks. The screens will sample in 2009 and will ramp up production during the summer. Jepsen did not reveal what laptop manufacturer would use the screens. Jepsen pioneered the screen technology in the OLPC XO and started PixelQi last year in an effort to distribute the display technology on a broader scale. At last year’s Greener Gadgets Conference we sat down with Jepsen about the new screen technology where she explained that the screen is able to draw less power from the CPU than the typical LCD. The biggest benefit of the displays: battery life. Jepsen doesn’t think the answer to more hours of computing is six-cell batteries. She told Shah of IDG:
“Instead of putting six battery cells into this model, I’ll try fewer or use less-powerful cells, making the machine lighter and cheaper, and the battery life exactly the same,” Jepsen said.
Jepsen says the low-power screens could increase laptop battery life by up to 50 percent.