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Microchip unveils inductive touch sensing AFE

Chandler, Ariz.—Microchip Technology Inc. announced from the Sensors Expo in Chicago the MCP2036 Analog Front End (AFE) for inductive touch-sensing applications.

Complementing the company's royalty-free mTouch Inductive Touch-Sensing Solutions, the fully integrated MCP2036 AFE works with almost any 8-, 16- or 32-bit PIC microcontroller (MCU) or dsPIC Digital Signal Controller (DSC), making it easy and cost effective for designers to enhance user interfaces with inductive touch-sensing technology. This inductive-touch AFE includes a multiplexer, a frequency mixer, an amplifier, a driver, and a voltage reference, which the company says lowers component count, and reduces design size and cost. Additionally, the AFE can be easily configured for a variety of applications in the appliance, industrial and automotive markets.

The MCP2036 AFE is available in a 16-pin, 4 mm x 4 mm QFN package, as well as 14-pin PDIP and SOIC packages.

Pricing: Starts at $0.33 each in 10,000-unit quantities.
Availability: Samples and volume-production quantities are available.
Datasheet: click here.

Microchip Technology Inc., www.microchip.com

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