M5Paper end of life?



  • Just received the following notification from Digi-Key:

    You have purchased the following part number from Digi-Key within the last two years. The manufacturer has announced an update to the part status.
    Part Affected
    Manufacturer M5STACK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Description M5PAPER ESP32 DEV KIT 4.7"E-INK
    Manufacturer Part Number K049
    Digi-Key Part Number 2221-K049-ND
    Status Obsolete
    Substitutes Please click here

    Digging around leads to: https://media.digikey.com/pdf/PCNs/M5Stack/PCN20210513-01.pdf

    Which contains: "The display driver chipset for K049 cannot be purchased and supplier from our vendor any more. We will look for new display driver as the alternative material. This version will stop for sale. "


  • M5Stack

    Yes. That's true. We are sad about that.



  • Are we going to see another version?

    I've been hunting for something like this for years, and I stopped checking for a few months, just to find you'd released and discontinued the product during that short window I was away!

    I would gladly pay to get a new version, and I can see more uses for this product than most other parts of the M5 Lineup.
    As it is I'm paying a premium to get a model from a distributor with leftover stock.



  • @davec said in M5Paper end of life?:

    Are we going to see another version?

    I've been hunting for something like this for years, and I stopped checking for a few months, just to find you'd released and discontinued the product during that short window I was away!

    I would gladly pay to get a new version, and I can see more uses for this product than most other parts of the M5 Lineup.
    As it is I'm paying a premium to get a model from a distributor with leftover stock.

    Yes, A never version is already in development and the first photo appeared on twitter this weekend.



  • @ajb2k3 that tweet from 29 May is showing the same board as the current M5Paper. Even the same display driver chip - which seems to be in short supply.

    @m5stack I wonder if the issues with v1.0 that have been pointed out by multiple people have been fixed - especially the power management part.


  • M5Stack

    @fonix232 sorry? the power management issues? could you say more detail? what product defect do you mean?