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Pen-Based Mobile Interface – world’s first single chip design

Wacom Components and austriamicrosystems AG announced a significant milestone in the evolution of Wacom's mobile interface strategy with the successful completion of the silicon design for the world's first single chip pen input solution for the mobile OEM market.

The single chip ASIC has been jointly developed by the two companies. The integrated chipset, ideally suited for use in battery-powered mobile devices, is part of Wacom's Penabled&#153 inductive pen input system that includes an embedded sensor and firmware drivers. It will allow the simple integration of Wacom's proven pen interface technology into next-generation mobile electronic devices such as phones, converged smartphone devices and personal digital assistants with minimum development and system costs to device manufacturers.

The system will be sampled to mobile handset manufacturers in the 3rd Quarter of 2004. The leading mixed signal design expertise of austriamicrosystems combined with its extensive analog IP library and state-of-the-art process technologies allowed the migration of WACOM's proven system technology into a single IC design, delivering faster time to market for a complex design solution.

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