Panel concepts by Atmel @ CES 2012
All-in-one micro-chips are the unseen heroes in today’s electronics, and the announcement of Atmel’s new maXTouch S Series Touchscreen controllers are sure to go unsung into widespread adoption. The first, of three, is designated as mXT224S and has a 224-node controller that can handle cameras, smartphones and other devices that incorporates a touchscreen size of up to 4.3 inches. The next in line is the mXT336S which features 336-node controller for screens measuring up to 5.5 inches on the diagonal. This chip could be used to power screens for smaller tablets or bigger phones and next-gen hand-held gaming consoles. The third chip in this roundup is the mXT1664S which is for screens measuring up to an astounding 17 inches, full-size tablets.
The chips also passed Microsoft’s strict guidelines for integration with Windows 8 making them more appealing to companies who are designing new products centralized around the upcoming OS. All chips feature Atmel’s SlimSensor Technology which helps to control ‘display noise’ associated with high-res or HD displays through a combination of hardware and firmware. Another feature all the S series chips use is Atmel’s ‘maXStylus’ which enables multi-touch pressure sensing for both fingers and stylus writing implements. The maXTouch S Series Touchscreen controllers are now available for sampling for mobile developers with full production chips coming in Q1 of this year.
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