Capacitive touch controllers with integrated haptic effect

Atmel, a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions, today announced it has integrated haptics capability to its QTouch capacitive touch controllers to support buttons, sliders and wheels (BSWs). This integration allows our customers to have a richer experience with touch and haptics feedback when using Atmel QTouch capacitive touch controllers.

 Leveraging Immersion’s market-leading TouchSense haptics technology, the Atmel AT42QT1085 (8-touch button) is the first capacitive touch controller in the industry to provide haptics support for BSWs for 14 unique haptic effects. Haptics enables design engineers the ability to add tactile feedback to greatly enhance the user experience for applications such as mobile phones, game consoles, navigation devices, cameras, Netbooks, appliances, PCs and more.
Haptics is a technology that provides physical feedback through the sense of touch. Immersion’s TouchSense haptics technology incorporates numerous proprietary mechanical, electrical, software, and firmware technologies to make the user experience with digital devices more efficient, intuitive, safer and more accurate.  By integrating this technology into Atmel’s QTouch devices, engineers have an easy and cost-effective way of designing products that reshape the way humans interact with technology.

QTouch is a method for touch detection based on Atmel’s proprietary Charge Transfer technology. The QTouch method is robust and reliable, making it easy to replace mechanical buttons and is also ideal for user interface applications requiring any number of buttons, sliders, knobs, dials, and more. With the integration of haptics in QTouch controllers, Atmel now offers a variety of capacitive touch interfaces to meet all its customer needs.

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