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
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
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,
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
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.
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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
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
Company: Dialog Semiconductor Plc.
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