Microchip introduces new touch screen sensing technology

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 27 May 2010, 05:45 Hrs   |    3 Comments
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New Delhi: Microchip Technology, a provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, has announced the availability of mTouch Projected Capacitive Touch-Screen Sensing Technology. This is first in a series of patent-pending releases supporting projected capacitive touch-screen solutions across the Company's portfolio of 8-, 16- and 32-bit PIC MCUs. The announcement was made at the SID Display Week show held in Seattle.

Microchip also announced the mTouch Projected Capacitive Development Kit, as well as the PIC16F707 8-bit microcontroller (MCU), featuring two 16-channel Capacitive Sensing Modules (CSMs) that is said to run in parallel for increased sampling speed. The MCU is available currently, along with the mTouch projected-capacitive technology and development kit. This can enable designers to easily integrate projected capacitive touch-sensing functionality into their application with a single MCU, thus reducing total system costs and increasing design flexibility, according Microchip.

Touch sensing continues to gain traction as an alternative to traditional push-button user interfaces, because it enables a more flexible, intuitive interface with a modern-looking design. Microchip says that the mTouch projected capacitive touch-screen technology enables customers to quickly develop and implement robust glass-front user interfaces that simplify user interaction via features such as gestures. Typical applications include global positioning systems, thermostats, mobile handheld units and other devices that use smaller displays with a finger input.

"Microchip continues to make it easy for designers to integrate touch-sensing interfaces, with inexpensive, no-hassle solutions," said Steve Drehobl, Vice President of Microchip's Security, Microcontroller and Technology Development Division. "Our projected-capacitive offering gives customers access to this exciting technology with a minimal learning curve, for fast time to market."

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