Teardown of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Smartphone Finds Cypress CapSense Controller Implements Touch-Sensing Buttons

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 5:09pm
Cypress Semiconductor

Chipworks indicates new CY8C20055 controller supports gloved-finger touches CapSense devices previously found in multiple Samsung Galaxy S family phones 

SAN JOSE, Calif., October 16, 2013 – Cypress Semiconductor announced a teardown by semiconductor-analysis firm Chipworks has found a Cypress CapSense controller drives the “menu” and “back” buttons in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. The Chipworks Galaxy Note 3 teardown mentions the phone’s buttons support usage with gloved-fingers, and identifies the new CY8C20055 controller as “likely adding in the glove-friendly feature.

“Chipworks has seen other Cypress Semiconductor CapSense controllers in the Galaxy S family, and we’re now several generations along in both,” the blog post on the teardown adds.

“We are always pleased when our innovative CapSense features—such as gloved-finger sensing, proximity sensing, water tolerance, and passive stylus support—enable differentiated end-products for our customers,” said Dirk Franklin, business unit director for Cypress’s CapSense solutions. “Our design wins with industry-leading companies have gone a long way toward establishing Cypress as the capacitive touch-sensing market leader.”

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