April 9, 2012 -- Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML), microcontroller and touch sensor maker, is sampling XSense, a highly flexible film-based touch sensor based on a proprietary roll-to-roll metal mesh technology. XSense touch sensors are an alternative to indium tin oxide (ITO) touchscreens for new smartphone, tablet, industrial, and consumer displays, such as curved, edgeless and flexible electronics.
XSense touch sensors create thinner sensor stacks with high performance and optical clarity, built into larger and lighter-weight designs than conventional touch sensors. The non-semiconductor material offers enhanced noise immunity, low sheet resistance and low power consumption, and lower total system costs, according to Atmel. “Atmel's XSense sensors could offer significant cost advantages over today’s indium tin oxide (ITO) sensors,” noted analysts at FBR Capital Markets. The product can be combined with Atmel maXTouch controllers.
XSense touch sensors are sampling now, with production quantities ramping in Q3 2012. "The combined touchscreen sensor and controller IC industry is over $10 billion dollars currently and is still growing rapidly. There is significant demand in the industry for larger, thinner and lighter touch sensors,” noted Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, VP of emerging display technologies, NPD DisplaySearch.
Atmel Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) designs and manufactures microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Learn more at www.atmel.com.