Microchip Technology Inc. and Xymox Technologies have partnered for an interface device for touch electronics and printed flexible touch sensors.
Using Xymox’s printed transparent PEDOT:PSS conductive polymer sensors with Microchip’s low-power touch controllers, the combo touch and gesture motion device will be able to power next-generation applications such as wearables, handheld controls as well as bar code readers, thermostats and other human interface devices.
Xymox can also design and manufacture a custom projected capacitive sensor that is an alternative to traditional ITO sensors in order to meet challenges faced by curved surface designs today. Integrated with Microchip’s touch electronics, designers will be able to keep pace with the changing touch interface requirements of future applications, Microchip said.
Fanie Duvenhage, director of Microchip’s Human-Machine Interface Division, said in a statement the flexible printed sensors from Xymox combined with touch electronics controllers from Microchip “meet the cost and power design challenges of modern applications such as wearables.” He added the partnership with Xymox will although customers to design “complete solutions” for touch and gesture wearables.