Atmel Unveils Film-Based XSense Touch Sensors

Atmel, a manufacturer of capacitive touch solutions, microcontrollers, mixed-signal, advanced logic and RF components, has announced that the XSense touch sensor will be available for sampling to select clients.

The film-based, flexible touch sensor has been designed to pave the path for the next generation of tablets and smartphones. Furthermore, the XSense will enable advanced touch capabilities into new industrial and consumer products.

The XSense sensors have been developed using Atmel’s roll-to-roll mesh technology to provide manufacturers with a high-performance alternative to other touch sensor solutions available in the market, enabling development of lighter, larger and edgeless designs for ultrabooks, tablets, smartphones and other touch-enabled devices. The touch sensor allows for thinner sensor stacks that provide unparalleled optical clarity and high performance. The advantages of the XSense include improved noise immunity, persistent touch performance, low power consumption and low sheet resistance. The XSense will enable designers to develop their touch-based concepts into high performance functional designs at a lower total system cost than provided by other alternatives.

The President and CEO of Atmel, Steve Laub explained that the state-of-the-art XSense technology will redefine touch and develop advanced touch-enabled products, smartphones and tablets. In combination with the maXTouch controllers, manufacturers will be able to develop devices which offer unparalleled user experience.

The VP of emerging display technologies at NPD DisplaySearch, Dr. Jennifer Colegrove stated that the advent of ITO-alternative material such as the XSense touch technology will offer designers the capability to develop thinner, flexible, durable and lightweight designs.



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