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Atmel First to Introduce Off-the-Shelf Automotive-Qualified Capacitive Touch Controller

4th March 2010
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Atmel claimed the first standard product capacitive touch controller in the industry that is fully qualified for the automotive market. Based on the patented QTouch capacitive touch technology for buttons, sliders and wheels, the AT42QT1110 is a ready-to-use 11-key capacitive touch controller that meets all device specification requirements for the automotive industry. These products are ideal for automobile applications such as global positioning systems (GPS), window and mirror control, keyless remote entry and more.

As the automotive industry demands more touch-enabled interfaces for their systems, it becomes increasingly more important to ensure products are fully certified for this market, said Jon Kiachian, sr. director of touch products for Atmel Corporation. Atmel has fulfilled this demand by being the first to ensure its standard product capacitive touch controllers are fully automotive certified so system designers can select Atmel products with confidence. Atmel's auto certified touch products address a broad array of user interface applications in the automotive industry ranging from keyless door entry to GPS systems and everything in between.

Atmel achieved this qualification by developing these products in a facility that is fully compliant with the ISO-TS-16949 and QS-9000 standards. The firmware is written according to the Motor Industry Software Reliability Association C (MISRA C) standard and qualified according to the AEC-Q100 (Automotive Electronic Council) standard. The Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) document is also available upon request.

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