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Atmel Technology Enhances Capacitive Touch Functionality on Smartphone Screens

The leading touch and microcontroller systems vendor Atmel Corporation has introduced the maXTouch technology that can facilitate enhanced capacitive touch features for touch screens of large formats.

Atmel maXTouch technology chip

maXTouch is emerging as the preferred touch technology system for smartphones and the new technology currently supports up to 15 inches for large format  touchscreens for new products such as smartbooks, PC notebooks, mobile Internet devices (MID), tablets, Netbooks, and many industrial applications.

Atmel Corporation’s General  Manager and Managing Director for touch and microcontroller solutions, Peter Jones said that maXTouch solutions would provide customers with a more exclusive user experience.  He added that Atmel would continue to provide more and more innovative solutions for enhancing customer experience for touch applications.

By virtue of their lower power consumption feature, maXTouch solutions facilitate greater life of batteries used in portable devices, resulting in enhanced convenience and productivity for users. Built on maXTouch’s linearity and accuracy levels, users will be able to improve drawing accuracy using a stylus or draw on touch-based tablets with their fingers, as well as use various touch applications. An entire suite of software drivers is provided with these systems. The systems possess enhanced features to allow the extension of a screen by finger pinch, turning of pages of multipage applications and use of e-books with gestures.

The maXTouch technology will be able to facilitate additional applications as well as user interactions on a single screen due to the availability of stylus support and numerous touch features. Proprietary algorithms have been integrated with chip technology, which offers increased performance and quicker response times, ultimately providing an enhanced user experience. The larger size of the screen is an improvement over the current maXTouch product portfolio that offers top class configurability that surpasses existing requirements of user interfaces. The advanced functionality offers palm rejection and grip suppression features on Netbook and MIDs screens, shape and handwriting recognition including detection of face on cell phones, as well as stylus support, rotate and pinch/ stretch gestures.

iSuppli Corporation’s director of monitor research, Rhoda Alexander informed that demand for touchscreens in personal computers will be more than 115 million units by 2014, presenting an opportunity for fast growth for PCs. He further elaborated that slate tablets will further drive demand for touch enablerd devices such as all-in-one desktop PCs, monitors, netbooks and notebooks.  He revealed that consumers’ touch functionality expectations will rapidly move on to eight-finger solutions, better handwriting recognition and enhanced tactile feedback.  The main growth is likely to occur in the area of multi-chip, powerful solutions, resulting in rapid functionality expansion and form that is demanded by this diverse market.


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