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Report: Qualcomm plans $2 billion Mirasol plant

According to Digitimes, the company is gearing up for a new facility to crank out its color, video-playing e-reader screens.

Qualcomm's Mirasol uses microelectronic machines that are based in part on the motion of a butterfly's wings to create an e-reader display that can display both color and video. Qualcomm

Qualcomm is said to be putting more muscle behind its planned Mirasol color e-reader technology.

According to Taiwan's Digitimes, the company is ready to spend up to $2 billion on a Taiwan plant to produce the screens, which use tiny microelectronic machines to produce an e-reader screen that not only can display color, but video as well.

Qualcomm, which has been showing Mirasol for some time, won't produce the actual e-reader devices, hoping instead to license its technology broadly. A representative told CNET in June that e-readers using Mirasol should be out early next year, if not by the end of this year.

Here's a demo of the technology I got at this year's D: All Things Digital conference.