Atmel New Automotive-qualified maXTouch S Controllers Target Larger Touchscreens in Center Consoles

February 20, 2014

Auto-qualified Controllers Enable Single-Layer Shieldless Designs for Large Touchscreens, and Lower System Cost for Touchscreens Up to 14 Inches

SAN JOSE, CA -- Atmel Corporation announced that two new maXTouch touchscreen controllers have been certified for use in automobiles, adding to its diverse automotive product portfolio. The mXT1188S is optimized for touchscreens up to 12 inches, while the mXT1664S is ideal for touchscreens up to 14 inches.

Both touchscreen controllers are optimized for single-layer shieldless sensor designs in automotive center consoles, navigation systems, radio interfaces and rear-seat entertainment systems. A single-layer shieldless sensor design eliminates additional screen layers, delivering better light transparency resulting in lower power consumption along with an overall lower system cost for the manufacturer. These maXTouch controllers are AEC-Q100 compliant and designed for high reliability in harsh environments. They also offer glove support and improved moisture resistance which are two key requirements for touch screen use in vehicles.

"Atmel is the leader in touch solutions for automotive, consumer and industrial and continues to bring innovative technologies to market," said Rob Valiton, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Automotive, Aerospace and Memory Business Units. "The new automotive-qualified maXTouch controllers further strengthen Atmel's automotive market position enabling more touchscreens in the car to hit the streets. We are also making in-car systems with capacitive touchscreens more accessible by enabling a shieldless single-layer touch sensor, which significantly reduces the total system cost."

Atmel's maXTouch controllers deliver superior touch performance, multi-touch, faster response times, more precise touches, robust operation and lower power consumption for an excellent user experience.

Evaluation Kits

To help accelerate a design, the EVK-MXT1664SAT-A evaluation kit is available today. The kit includes an mXT1664S touch controller that interfaces with a 10.1-inch sensor (with an aspect ratio of 16:9).


Samples of the mXT1664S-A and mXT1188S-A in LQFP144 packages are available now. Devices in the PPAP packages will be available in June 2014 with volume production in July 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.atmel.com/maxtouch

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