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Freescale Develops Single Chip Solution to Capacitive and Resistive Touch Sensing

Freescale Semiconductor, an Austin, TX-based manufacturer of embedded semiconductors, has expanded its Ready Play solution offering with the Xtrinsic Touch Sensing platform.

An innovative, first-of-its-kind solution, the platform brings together gesture recognition with 5- and 4-wire resistive screen controller technology as well as capacitive touch sensors in a single IC (integrated circuit), making it ideal for applications that require human machine interface, control panels, keyboard replacement, signature capture devices, point of sale terminals and kiosks.

The latest addition to the Ready Play range, the Xtrinsic touch sensing, resistive and capacitive platform enables gesture recognition for resistive screens for situations where capacitive screens are not an option. Since resistive touch screens are a cost effective solution, it can be used to enhance the end-user experience in several applications. It can easily detect gestures such as slide, touch rotate and pinch zoom-in zoom-out. Resistive touch screens can also be used in situations where gloves are warranted due to security, weather or medical reasons.

Ready Play solutions enable the users to add more features at a reduced development cost while enabling scalability and also simplifying the design cycle. Since capacitive and resistive capabilities are available in a smaller, compact device, time and board space required is also reduced.

The Vice President - Industrial and Multi-Market MCU at Freescale, Geoff Lees stated that the Freescale Xtrinsic resistive and capacitive touch sensing platform integrates gesture recognition without screen modifications or intricate hardware needs. Furthermore, the platform offers customers an inexpensive alternative to develop cutting-edge user interfaces for prospective markets where touch sensing technology has not been implemented.

Source: http://www.freescale.com/

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