New single-chip maXTouch touchscreen controllers enable 20-inch automotive touchscreens

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Even as touchscreen displays in the car grow larger, drivers expect screens to operate with the same touch experience as mobile phones. However, screens in automobiles need to meet stringent head impact and vibration tests, and consequently have thicker cover lenses that potentially impact the touch interface performance.

As screens get larger, they are also more likely to interfere with other frequencies such as AM radio and car access systems. All of these factors become a major challenge in the design of modern automotive capacitive touch systems. A new family of single-chip maXTouch touchscreen controllers from Microchip Technology Inc. was designed to address these issues for screens up to 20 inches in size.

The MXT2912TD-A, with nearly 3,000 touch sensing nodes, and MXT2113TD-A, supporting more than 2,000 nodes, bring consumers the touchscreen user experience they expect in vehicles. These new devices build upon Microchip’s existing maXTouch touchscreen technology that is widely adopted by manufacturers worldwide. Microchip’s latest solutions offer superior signal-to-noise capability to address the requirements of thick lenses, even supporting multiple finger touches through thick gloves and in the presence of moisture.

As automakers use screens to replace mechanical switches on the dash for sleeker interior designs, safe and reliable operation becomes even more critical. The MXT2912TD and MXT2113TD devices incorporate self- and sensor-diagnostic functions, which constantly monitor the integrity of the touch system. These smart diagnostic features support the Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) classification index as defined by the ISO 26262 Functional Safety Specification for Passenger Vehicles.

“Microchip has a long and strong history in the automotive industry.  Serving our customers is about more than providing an integrated circuit; it’s about being a partner throughout the very complex supply chain of a touch system, so the display, the sensor and all communications work as expected,” said Fanie Duvenhage, vice president of Microchip’s Human Machine Interface business unit. “The new devices build on this success and address the current trends of increasing screen sizes and reduced finger touch separation in vehicles.”

Development Tools

Eight dedicated application and sensor design centres around the world help Microchip customers and partners accelerate the process of bringing their maXTouch technology designs to market. Microchip’s maXTouch technology specialists are working with all major sensor, display and touch module manufacturers.

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