Cypress Raises the Bar on all Measures of Touchscreen Performance with new Gen4 TrueTouch Controller Line

29th September 2011
Posted By : ES Admin
Cypress Semiconductor introduced its new Gen4 family of TrueTouch touchscreen controllers. Gen4 delivers industry-best performance in all categories, including the world's best Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) and unparalleled performance in the presence of all noise sources—the biggest challenge faced by touchscreen designs.
The Gen4 family was designed from the ground up to deliver the world's highest SNR in real world applications. It is the first and only touchscreen IC that delivers built-in 10V Tx to drive the touch panel at 10V. Because SNR is directly proportional to the voltage at which the panel is driven, this feature allows Cypress to offer nearly four times the SNR of the next closest competitor.

The Gen4 family further raises the SNR bar as the first touchscreen device family to completely eliminate display noise in hardware. Gen4's patent-pending Display Armor offers unprecedented immunity to noise from every type of display, even low cost noisy displays such as ACVCOM LCDs. This allows touchscreen designers to make their products thinner by removing the air gap between the display and the sensor, and also less expensive by removing the shield layer in the sensor. Display Armor allows Gen4 to operate seamlessly with direct lamination, on-cell and in-cell stackups, regardless of the display chemistry.

“Customers have told us again and again that delivering flawless performance in the presence of noise is the biggest design hurdle they face, said Dhwani Vyas, vice president of Cypress's User Interface Business Unit. “Our Gen4 family with 10V Tx offers a quantum leap in performance in noise, including display noise that is often the most difficult to overcome. We are confident that competitive offerings will have a hard time meeting this performance.

“We forecast that the touchscreen module market will grow over 200% in the next several years, reaching $23 billion in 2017, said Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, Vice President, Emerging Display Technologies at DisplaySearch. From our market research, it's apparent that projected capacitive touchscreen performance in the presence of electric noise is an important consideration. The controller ICs that could support add-on touch sensors as well as both on-cell and in-cell technologies with LCD displays will be very attractive.

World's Fastest and Lowest Power Touchscreen Controller

In addition to unmatched noise performance, the Gen4 product family offers the industry's fastest refresh rate of 400Hz, and has the unique ability to scan a capacitive touch panel at 1,000 Hz – both industry-best metrics. This level of performance is enabled by the 32-bit ARM Cortex™ core at the heart of the Gen4 products. The Gen4 family enables unlimited touch performance, while providing the industry's best accuracy and linearity of 0.2 mm. Gen4 offers these features while boasting the world's lowest active power consumption of 2 mW, and a deep sleep mode that only draws 1.8 uW with wake-up via address match on the COM port.

Gen4 also offers more capacitive sensing IO than the competition, while still fitting into the world's smallest touchscreen packages. With up to 40 IO for mobile phone applications, Gen4 can support up to four standalone CapSense buttons while still delivering ideal sensor pitch for up to 5-inch screens.

The Gen4 family also offers features that only TrueTouch can deliver, including waterproofing functionality that allows products to meet IP-67 standards; 1-mm stylus support for Asian character sets and accurate handwriting capture; and hover sensing to provide mouseover-like features and true fingernail or thick-glove support in mobile devices. Cypress's unique, patent-pending ability to switch dynamically between self-capacitive and mutual-capacitive sensing methods in application enables these differentiating features. Cypress now has over 250 issued and pending patents pertaining to touchscreens. More information, including multiple videos, is available at

“Our TrueTouch solution has been extremely successful based on its advanced feature set and ability to combat the multiple sources of noise in touch design, said Norm Taffe, executive vice president of Cypress's Consumer and Computation Division. “The Gen4 family extends our leadership in these areas and adds unmatched performance that our customers around the world have asked for. These customers are excited to develop the next generation of touchscreens using this technology.

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