Cypress's TrueTouch(r) Gen5 Touchscreen Controller for Superphones and Tablets Delivers New Features, Including Industry's Best Gloved-Finger Tracking
TMA568 Controller Accurately Tracks Multiple Fingers Even in Very Thick Gloves; Also Adds 1.0-mm Passive Stylus Support and Hover Support
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced that its TrueTouch® Gen5 touchscreen controller family for large-screen superphones, smartphones, tablets and e-readers now delivers multiple new advanced features, including the world’s best gloved-finger tracking on capacitive touchscreens. The TMA568 controller has also added “hover” support, which enables touchscreens to anticipate the touch of a finger and enlarge content, such as points on a map, to make it easier to find and select objects. The new features add to the TMA568 controller’s industry-leading noise-immunity, waterproofing and palm rejection technology.
The Gen5 TMA568 controller delivers best-in-class accuracy and linearity for multiple fingers of different sizes and gloves of various materials and thicknesses, including ski gloves. In addition, it automatically switches between glove and finger tracking without requiring the user to change settings. The controller’s hover detection changes the fundamental navigation functions on mobile devices by emulating the “mouseover” feature of personal computers, delivering easier, more accurate interface navigation. TMA568 now also offers improved passive stylus support, accurately capturing 1-mm stylus input for handwriting and signatures. This capability is important for writing in languages that require enhanced character recognition for reliable text input, such as Chinese and Japanese. The controller delivers a high degree of accuracy and linearity, along with the fast refresh rates required for handwriting and signature capture.
“We designed the TMA568 controller to be the premier solution for superphone and tablet touchscreens, with unmatched noise rejection, waterproofing and other unique features,” said Joe Montalbo, vice president of the TrueTouch Business Unit at Cypress. “Today we are extending our leadership with an array of valuable features that enable our customers to deliver truly differentiated products to the market.”
Electronic noise from displays and after-market chargers can disrupt a touchscreen’s ability to operate properly. The TMA568 leverages the Gen5 family’s ChargerArmor™ feature to deliver best-in-class 20 volt peak-to-peak (Vpp) charger noise immunity measured from 1 to 500 kHz with an ultra-thin 0.5-mm cover lens—the most stringent specifications used to measure any touchscreen controller. More information on the TMA568 controller is available online at touch.cypress.com.
About the TrueTouch Gen5 Family
Cypress’s unique and patented DualSense™ technology executes both self-capacitance and mutual-capacitance measurements in the same device, enabling the Gen5 family to offer the industry’s best waterproofing for seamless performance in real-world conditions. By combining this powerful architecture with an industry leading 32-bit ARM® Cortex™ M-Core processor, Gen5 controllers boast 120-Hz refresh rates, and averages low power consumption of 12 mW in active mode and 15 uW in deep-sleep mode.
Gen5 controllers drive the touchscreen at 10V and at high frequency with narrow-band, single-pass scanning and advanced hardware DSP filtering. The family’s unmatched noise immunity enables designers of next-generation handsets to implement ultra-thin, display-integrated stackups, including In-Cell, On-Cell, & direct lamination onto a noisy display. The result will be thinner, sleeker end products with a flawless user experience.
The TrueTouch TMA568 controller is now available in 56-pin QFN and 70-ball BGA packages.
Cypress’s touch-sensing portfolio is the industry’s broadest and most well-adopted, encompassing TrueTouch, CapSense®, and TrackPad solutions. The company’s IP portfolio is unmatched, including true single-layer sensor solutions for dramatically reduced touchscreen costs and self and mutual capacitance sensing on the same chip that enables advanced features such as waterproofing, proximity sensing, support for 1-mm stylus, and hover.
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Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC® 1, PSoC 3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP programmable system-on-chip families. Cypress is the world leader in capacitive user interface solutions including CapSense touch sensing, TrueTouch touchscreens, and trackpad solutions for notebook PCs and peripherals. Cypress is a world leader in USB controllers, which enhance connectivity and performance in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM and nonvolatile RAM memories. Cypress serves numerous major markets, including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at www.cypress.com.