Zytronic PCT touch controller now available as discrete chipset

In response to growing customer demand, Zytronic is now supplying its ZXY100 PCT touch controller solution as a discrete chipset. 32, 64 and 128 channel controller versions are being made available, covering the full range of screen sizes from 5 to 82”. The ZXY100 offers stronger through-glass performance, native Windows 7 support (including dual touch, to cover core gesture recognition functions) as well as faster touch detection, and with this additional product offering its scope is further enlarged.

The chipset, which is available by special agreement, is provided as two compact ICs, a 32-bit microprocessor with an ARM core preloaded with the proprietary PCT firmware and a Zytronic designed ASIC-based analogue front end. This will furnish OEMs building higher volume industrial and public use touchscreen devices with the ability to integrate the high precision touch control function afforded by the ZXY100 on to their own motherboard, rather than having to attach a separate controller module – optimising available space and potentially reducing cost. It also increases design versatility in terms of component positioning, which may assist important considerations such as efficient thermal management.
Furthermore, the ZXY100 firmware contains a boot loader function enabling users to upload software updates as they become available. With the controller firmware readily accessed and tuned via Zytronic’s driver software, this means that engineers involved in designs ranging from telematics systems, vending machines, consumer appliances, point of sale units, etc, will be able to optimise the touch control operation themselves, according to their specific requirements – encouraging the development of more innovative end products.

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