Dialog Semiconductor Multi-Touch Display Sensor ICs Adopted by Wistron Wistron to provide tier one PC manufacturing partners with lower cost, high performance multi-touch modules Business Wire KIRCHHEIM, Germany & TECK, Germany -- June 4, 2013 Dialog Semiconductor plc (FWB: DLG), a provider of highly integrated power management, audio and short-range wireless technologies, today announced leading ODM Wistron as its first customer for its SmartWaveTM Multi-Touch Integrated Circuit (MTIC(TM)) - part number DA8901. The MTIC is the world's first chip to enable touch technology from FlatFrog in high volume consumer devices. Using edge-to-edge, in-glass infrared light, the system can detect and track multiple touches, gestures and pressures from gloved hands and other objects, providing a premium, true-touch user experience at performance levels surpassing the latest capacitance-based solutions, but at a lower cost. Targeting high volume All-in-One PCs and monitors, Wistron has developed a 23 inch SmartWave-enabled touch module that can be used as a direct one-to-one replacement of today's projected capacitance touch module, offering OEMs fast-to-market, low risk and low cost multi-touch technology without the need for product re-designs. Currently, other optical-based solutions require an edge bezel and do not meet the performance criteria for Windows 8. The DA8901 MTIC, enabling FlatFrog touch technology, allows OEMs to have edge-to-edge flush solutions without a bezel, which is similar to capacitive touch. However, unlike capacitance-based solutions, there are no expensive ITO layers to impede or distort light from the display. Furthermore, the unique ability to detect high resolution pressure opens up new user interface options for GUI navigation and gaming. Combine this with a superior viewing experience and the assurance of Windows 8 certification, ODMs and OEMs alike are finally able to increase the market penetration of touch into their lower price-point products without compromising performance. Mark Tyndall, VP Corporate Development and Strategy at Dialog Semiconductor commented, 'Less than three months after announcing our first Multi-Touch IC, Dialog is pleased to announce our first ODM customer - who is an established manufacturer for the world's leading PC brands - and with it, the deployment of Dialog's mixed signal ICs into the exciting new generation of All-in-One PCs and touch monitors. This will help Dialog diversify, expanding our addressable market beyond smartphones and tablets and into mass market PCs, including Ultrabooks(TM).' David Shen, President of Digital Consumer Business Group at Wistron commented, 'As a leading ODM to the world's biggest PC brands, it's vital that Wistron is able to provide our customers with the best technology at the right price point and with the lowest risk. Developed in collaboration with FlatFrog, we expect our latest touch modules, featuring Dialog's MTICs, to deliver a cost-effective touch experience with superior performance. We anticipate first products in-store from January 2014.' Dhwani Vyas, CEO FlatFrog Laboratories added, 'Today we are launching FlatFrog touch system solutions for high volume desktop, notebook and tablet PCs. This has been made possible through our close collaboration with Dialog and Wistron, who together are ensuring the deployment of our FlatFrog touch technology to the high volume consumer market.' MTIC is suitable for today's, laptops, All-in-One PCs, Ultrabooks, and monitors and is optimised for displays of between 11 and 36 inches. Supporting up to 40 simultaneous touches, the MTIC uses the proven principles of FlatFrog's patented Planar Scatter Detection (PSD) touch technology to detect changes in infrared light injected into the cover lens of the display and help convert these changes into multi-touch coordinates. A single MTIC has the flexibility to drive up to twelve infrared LEDs directly or provide control for a large number of externally powered LEDs. Each chip is also able to process the signals from up to twelve infrared receivers. A typical Ultrabook, Tablet or All-in-One PC would contain a number of MTICs configured in a master/slave arrangement, catering for a flexible number of screen sizes. The 23 inch touch module from Wistron features ten DA8901 ICs, which provide the necessary performance to meet and exceed Windows 8 certification. The DA8901 comes in a 59 pin, 5.7 x 5.0 mm QFN package. Its small footprint and minimal external bill of materials, makes it ideal for mounting alongside the LED emitter and receiver components on a very thin, low cost printed circuit board, located around the edges of the display or mounted on top of the display bezel to provide an edge-to-edge, clean industrial design, ideal for Windows 8 PCs, tablets and Ultrabooks. Demonstration of the first 23 inch touch modules featuring Dialog's MTICs can be seen throughout this week's Computex event in Taipei. The DA8901 MTIC will be available in mass production from Q3 2013. ‒ ENDS ‒ Editor's notes: Wistron Corporation is an engineering-based technical service provider delivering end-to-end product development services to leading companies worldwide. From initial product conceptualisation to volume manufacturing and after-sales services, Wistron supports customers with products and related services, reaching international standards for innovation and quality levels. An in-depth focus on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products provides distinct competitive advantages to customers. FlatFrog Laboratories AB is based in Lund, Sweden and was founded in 2007. The company is revolutionising the touch industry with its patented optical in-glass PSD technology, providing true multi-touch systems that allow a superior user experience. FlatFrog offers a uniquely smooth and precise touch control technology, supporting up to 40 simultaneous touches with pressure detection. Applications include digital signage, automotive, education, gaming and medical displays, as well as consumer electronics. FlatFrog investors include Invus, Sunstone Capital, Intel Capital and Fårö Capital. About Dialog Semiconductor Dialog Semiconductor creates highly integrated, mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) optimised for personal portable, low energy short-range wireless, lighting and automotive applications. The company provides flexible and dynamic support, world-class innovation and the assurance of dealing with an established business partner. With its focus and expertise in energy efficient system power management, and with a technology portfolio including audio, short range wireless and VoIP technology, Dialog brings decades of experience to the rapid development of ICs for personal portable applications including Smartphones, Tablet PCs, digital cordless and gaming applications. Dialog's power management processor companion chips are essential for enhancing both the performance in terms of extended battery lifetime and the consumers' multimedia experience. With world-class manufacturing partners, Dialog operates a fabless business model. Dialog Semiconductor plc is headquartered near Stuttgart with a global sales, R&D and marketing organisation. In 2012, it had $774 million in revenue and was one of the fastest growing European public semiconductor companies. At the end of 2012 it had approximately 800 employees. The company is listed on the Frankfurt (FWB: DLG) stock exchange and is a member of the German TecDax index. Language: English Company: Dialog Semiconductor Plc. Tower Bridge House, St. Katharine's Way E1W 1AA London United Kingdom Phone: +49 7021 805-412 Fax: +49 7021 805-200 E-mail: email@example.com Internet: www.diasemi.com ISIN: GB0059822006, XS0757015606 WKN: 927200 Indices: TecDAX Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, München, Stuttgart Contact: Dialog Semiconductor Helen McInnes Tel: +44(0)1793 756 960 Mobile: +44 (0)7554 419 180 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.dialog-semiconductor.com or Media contact: Racepoint Group UK email@example.com
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