Maxim Integrated Products has expanded its TacTouch family with 4- and 10-finger multitouch capacitive touch-screen ICs with sensitivity and noise immunity levels that enable touch detection from a ballpoint/stylus and gloved hands.
The MAX11871 is a mutual capacitance touch-screen controller capable of detecting and tracking up to 10-finger simultaneous touch. All processing is included on-chip to output up to 10 X,Y touch location coordinates, with a Z pressure metric associated to each touch point, via a standard I2 C interface to a host microcontroller. The MAX11871's analog front-end is built from the ground up for capacitive touch by the company's high-resolution data-converter IC design team, and provides near 60dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) performance, equivalent to a 1000:1 ratio between touch and no-touch .
The MAX11871 also includes a proprietary architecture to reject noise (by over 40dB) from external sources such as AC USB chargers, LCDs, or CFL lights with no additional external components. This selectivity enables the part to be used in high LCD noise environments such as next-generation on-cell and in-cell touch screens.
For applications only requiring 4-point touch detection, the MAX11855/MAX11856 implement a 4-finger simultaneous mutual capacitive multitouch solution, which eliminates any ghosting effect.
The MAX11871 comes in a 6mm x 6mm 48-pin TQFN package with 32 cap-sense channels. A wafer-level package (WLP) option is planned for designs requiring an ultra-small footprint. The MAX11855 comes in a 5mm x 5mm 40-pin TQFN package with 25 cap-sense channels, typically sufficient for panels up to ~4in. The MAX11856 provides 31 cap-sense channels in a 6mm x 6mm 48-pin TQFN package, making it suitable for panels up to ~7in depending on required touch accuracy. With on-chip clock oscillator and voltage references, all parts only require a few passives as external BOM.
Availability : All parts are sampling now for qualified opportunities. Evaluation kits are available. Mass production is scheduled to begin before the end of Q1 CY2011.