Wacom Announces Capacitive Touchscreen Innovations

Posted: May 2 2008, 8:49am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 7:50am CDT, in News | Hardware & Peripherals

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Wacom announced that it had devised a major innovation in capacitive touchscreen technology that it would unveil at the International Society for Information Display exhibition. The patent-pending technology uses a newly designed low-power circuit and a reversing ramped electro-static field to provide pin point precision.

Wacom says the new technology can be used in two ways by integrating into its OEM tablet PC technology or on other platforms that require only a finger to operate. Wacom says touch screens using its new technology have a transmissivity of up to 95% compared to only 80 to 85% in resistive touchscreens.

"Our new proprietary RRFC touch technology is exciting on a couple of fronts," said Shawn Gray, Wacom's Director of Touchscreen Operations. "New controller processing methods and system design provide extremely accurate pointing at much lower power consumption levels and without increased cost. These factors and others, such as ease of integration and stability, position Wacom RRFC touch as a natural alternative to resistive, surface acoustic wave and infrared touch technologies. Any OEM should seriously look at Wacom's solution when deciding to move beyond resistive touch solutions on portable devices or when seeking to find new and exciting capacitive touch performance in AC-powered applications."

Via Wacom

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