TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SMK Corporation (TOKYO:6798) has developed a touch controller equipped with proximity and hover sensing functions with a maximum proximity sensing distance of 100mm and maximum hover distance of 20mm. In addition to standard touch operations, this controller can sense the position of a finger above a touch panel or touch pad with its proximity sensing and hover functions. Devices can be operated by hand or with thick gloves.
The proximity sensing capabilities of the highly sensitive capacitive controller can be used with capacitive touch panels or touch pads to create new User Interfaces with features such as: turning on and off, displaying a hierarchical menu, and hovering pan or swipe gestures.
"Users can operate a touch panel or touch pad without physically touching the display. Accordingly, this should contribute greatly to improving design qualities in customers' products.” said Tsutomu Isoda, Vice President of SMK Corporation. “Our main targets for this touch controller are car navigation systems, medical equipment, digital signage, game controllers, and personal computers.”
SMK will entertain requests for information for this product from September, 2014 and plans to go into mass production October, 2015.
Proximity & Hover Sensing Touch Controller
|Supported touch panel sizes||:||5 ~10 inches|
|Detection system||:||SMK’s unique capacitive detection system|
|Maximum conductor sensing distance||:||100mm|
|Maximum hover distance||:||20mm|
|Scanning speed||:||40 times/ second|
|Maximum number of connected electrodes||:||58 including X and Y|
|Multi-touch||:||Up to 2 points (Without ghosting)|
|Power supply||:||DC 5.0V|
|Consumption current||:||Max 70mA|
|Size||:||45mm (L) × 62mm (W) × 6.8mm (H)|
SMK Corporation founded in 1925, produces miniature electronic components, touch panels, remote controllers, and other assembled electronic products. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, the company’s net sales totaled 65.8 billion yen. SMK operates in many countries with a combined 46 sales offices and factories around the world.