Computer Electronics

Neonode Introduces Sensor-Free Multi-Touch Technology for PCs

15 October 2014

Neonode Inc. has rolled out a multi-touch technology that offers seamless edge-to-edge, glare-free designs without the need of a capacitive touch sensor.

Dubbed zForce EDGE, the multi-touch technology uses in-plane switching (IPS) liquid crystal display (LCD) modules with small bezels to maximize the active display area. This results in a glare-free user experience, good image quality, a reduction in weight, a smooth touch experience and efficient power management, according to Neonode. Because of this, the Santa Clara, CA-based company said it can achieve savings of greater than 50 percent compared to projected capacitance technologies.

Neonode is targeting the zForce EDGE at notebooks, all-in-one (AIO) PCs and PC monitors, where the company believes it has a substantial growth opportunity. Currently, touchscreens in the notebook market only represents about 20 percent of the overall market while AIOs and PC monitors only account for 5 percent.

With cost being one of the major factors limiting the growth of touchscreens in the PC market, lowering total cost and the elimination of cover glass could be the tipping point to growing more business, Neonode said.

Thomas Eriksson, CEO of Neonode, said in a statement, the company is trying to enable touch in PC devices and “is currently collaborating with multiple tier-one OEMs on designs, and with multiple ODMs on reference designs.”

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