Microchip & Xymox to cooperate on low-cost printed multi-touch sensors

October 27, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
The two companies see an opportunity to combine Xymox’s flexible printed sensors with Microchip’s low-power touch electronics to produce low-cost, faster-time-to-market human-interface solutions

The partnership between the companies aims to provide a complete, cost-effective touch and gesture interface solution with low-power touch electronics and printed flexible touch sensors supporting a wide range of existing and emerging markets.

Xymox's printed transparent PEDOT:PSS conductive polymer sensors made with Kodak HCF (Highly Conductive Film) will be used with Microchip’s low-cost, low-power touch electronics to enable fast, inexpensive development of touch and gesture enabled devices. This, the companies say, addresses the common constraints of flexibility, total system power and cost that are critical in modern designs in the fast-paced consumer markets, such as wearables and handheld controls as well as the industrial markets with bar code readers, thermostats and various other human interface devices.

Designers can make use of fast turnaround and low manufacturing minima of Xymox printed sensors to integrate with Microchip’s versatile touch electronics solutions to keep pace with their changing touch interface requirements. Xymox can design and manufacture a custom projected capacitive sensor that is a cost-effective alternative to traditional ITO sensors. Xymox printed sensors are also formable to meet the challenges of curved surfaces in today’s modern designs.

Xymox; www.xymox.com

Microchip; www.microchip.com