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Atmel Corp.'s maXTouchTM Capacitive Touchscreen Controller/ mXT224

Article-Atmel Corp.'s maXTouchTM Capacitive Touchscreen Controller/ mXT224

Atmel Corp.'s maXTouchTM Capacitive Touchscreen Controller/ mXT224

maXTouchTM is a capacitive touchscreen controller supporting an unlimited number of unique simultaneous touches, video-quality screen refresh rate of 250 Hz, full zoom, rotate, full-speed handwriting and recognizes stylus/fingernail input. Atmel's maXTouch technology will give consumers a human-to-machine experience that, until now, has not been available. Consumers will find maXTouch attractive because it will add the following features to mobile phones, netbooks, laptops, home appliances and many other applications: low power consumption; sSupport for an unlimited number of unique simultaneous touches; supports touch screens surpassing 10 inches; full zoom, stretch/pinch, rotate, handwriting and shape recognition; rejecting unintended touches; shape recognition such as face detection on mobile phones; and stylus input. This architecture enables the simultaneous processing of 224 nodes at 250 Hz, while consuming less than 1.8 mW. By integrating the entire capacitive sensing circuitry on-chip, maXTouch provides a fully integrated single-chip solution without the need for external components to support the capacitive sensing, minimizing the cost and PCB footprint requirements. Additionally, the mXT224 integrates Atmel's single-cycle RISC AVRA(R) core with 32 registers and two on-chip DSP engines that process the X and Y positions on the touchscreen. An event system and peripheral DMA controller off-load all inter-peripheral communications and data transfer operations from the CPU, freeing it up for post-processing of the sensor image. According to the company, the mXT224 is the first capacitive touchscreen solution that supports not just finger touch, but also stylus, fingernails and gloves for drawing or signature capture and character recognition, thanks to its 80:1 signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and extremely fast refresh rate.

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