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Designers Can Now Easily Integrate Projected Capacitive Touch-Sensing Functionality

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 8:38pm
Microchip Technology Inc. announces the availability of mTouch™ Projected Capacitive Touch-Screen Sensing Technology, the 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. 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 can run in parallel for increased sampling speed. The MCU along with the mTouch projected-capacitive technology and development kit enables 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. 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. 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. The technology is available via a royalty-free source code license from Microchip’s online Touch Sensing Design Center (http://www.microchip.com/get/AX10).

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