Touch International Unveils Highly Advanced Projected Capacitive Touch Technology

Exclusive PCAP Plus™ technology combines the many benefits of projected capacitive touch technology with multi-input in a package that complies with military and aerospace EMI requirements.

Projected Capacitive Touch TechnologyAustin, TX – March 10, 2014 – Specialty touch screen and display manufacturer, Touch International confirmed today the release of a new touch sensing technology that overcomes the boundaries of current projected capacitive (p-cap) offerings. PCAP Plus technology features multi-touch with gestures and works with fingers, heavy gloves, or any other input devices. Additionally, the sensor is designed with a unique construction that performs in compliance with military, aerospace, and medical EMI/RFI requirements yet maintains excellent optics.

“Our experience in the high reliability markets has shown a clear chasm between resistive and projected capacitive touch technology features and limitations,” says Michael Woolstrum, CEO. “With PCAP Plus we’ve not only bridged the gap, but have also provided the added bonus of EMI/RFI performance. From the battlefield and the cockpit to the operating room, this changes everything.”

Touch International’s team of engineers at the Austin, TX R&D center started with their latest p-cap sensor designs and ultra-thin controllers. Using an extensive library of proven components and advanced tuning of the controller, they developed a conductive upper displacement plate. The plate gives the sensor multi-input properties and EMI performance without compromising optical clarity or multi-touch abilities. The company also ensured the sensor can be built using the myriad of substrates and transparent conductors the market has to offer.

PCAP Plus is immune to on-screen contaminants, extreme temperatures, and even works when submerged in water. While the company has developed traditional p-cap sensors that have immunity to water mist, p-cap remains unable to maintain full functionality with coalesced water or while submerged. Easy to use, PCAP Plus requires only light pressure to activate and is precise and highly responsive. PCAP Plus doesn’t require recalibration and is maintenance free.

One of the most common problems implementing projected capacitive touch technology is the electromagnetic interference or susceptibility. Independent lab tests on TI’s PCAP Plus show all sensors tested pass EMI/RFI compliance for MIL-STD-461F, DO-160E, and CISPR25. This enables military, aerospace, transportation, and medical designers or manufacturers tackle EMI/RFI compliance and regulation issues easily at the component level.

“Since projected capacitive exploded on the market in 2007 with the iPhone, you haven’t really seen a ‘next big thing’ in touch,” says Shaun Detmer, Marketing Director. “The mission critical markets have been, in many applications, stuck with outdated resistive technology. Those days are over.”

All PCAP Plus touch sensors are Windows 7/8 compatible and can be customized to work with any enclosure, bezel, and display. Sensors are available with I2C or plug-n-play USB connectivity. Current designs can be scaled up to 12 inches and will be available up to 24 inches in Q2 2014. Demo kits are available built to order and can feature add-ons such as sunlight readable displays and optical bonding.

About Touch International
Touch International is the leading manufacturer of specialty touch screens and display enhancement windows, and is the largest touch manufacturer in North America. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the company was founded in 2002 by Michael Woolstrum and long-time veteran, Gary Barrett, the company’s CTO. The company is world-renowned for its expertise in optically clear touch panels, EMI filter technologies, and custom touch screen designs for military, aerospace, medical, transportation and retail applications. Touch International was first to produce the iPhone-type projected capacitive touch screen for business applications, and also builds resistive sensors and glass filter products used in touch screens, display windows, anti-reflective and anti-vandal filters.

Touch International Unleashes Enhanced Displays with Dramatic Performance

Custom Display Solutions Provide Sunlight Readability, Night Vision, and Extended Temperature Operation.

High Bright Touch Screen DisplaysAustin, TX – January 30, 2014 – Touch International (TI) announced the expansion of in-house capabilities and services to include enhanced displays. The company further expanded the DuPont display enhancement program by acquiring a team of display engineers for the company’s Austin, TX Design and Engineering center. TI now boasts an extensive library of displays that can be customized with sunlight readability, night vision, extended temperature operation and other features to complement their existing line up of custom touch screens, enhancement windows and value-add services. This places the company in a unique position as one of the only complete custom touch display solution providers in the world.

“Our objective is to make sure that we recommend the best display for every customer’s design and then we enhance the display to achieve all of our customer’s technical requirements” says Bill Linzmeier, TI’s VP of Business Development. “If our customer’s application requires sunlight readability, then we improve the display’s optical efficiency to maximize both the transmitted brightness and the reflected sunlight, so we can minimize the power consumption and the heat.”

Utilizing the latest in High Bright LED (HBLED) technology coupled with patent-pending LED drivers, TI’s enhanced displays provide improved efficiency and superior thermal management. TI’s custom LED backlights allow for open or short of one or more LEDs without affecting the rest of the LEDs in the rail, which is a must for mission critical applications. “By designing extremely thin flexible rails with super-bright LEDs, TI can make sunlight readable versions of most new displays that have very small borders which can be difficult to enhance,” says Linzmeier.

Displays are available with analog or digital wide-range dimming from 0-100% to allow comfortable viewing in any lighting condition and reduce unnecessary power draw. TI also offers dual mode operation, combining sunlight readability and night vision in a display for increased versatility demanded by military applications.

“Many of our customers have expressed concerns that standard displays are a weak link in their final product,” explains Michael Woolstrum, TI’s CEO. “We felt the addition of enhanced display solutions was a natural progression for the company to solidify our position as a global leader in the custom touch display market.”

TI is in the final testing stages for a custom 19” super-bright industrial display that features class-leading thermal operating range at a lower price than any 19” panels available on the market. The company is slated to make the panel commercially available to customers Q2 2014 and is currently accepting pre-orders for those who wish to design the display into their products.

For customers that wish to provide consigned displays, TI can create custom solutions using LCDs from the manufacturer of your choice (including Optrex, NEC, Sharp, Chi Mei, and more).

“We fully exercise our American and Asian supply chains to ensure our library contains the newest displays available at the lowest cost possible,” says Woolstrum. “Not only will this allow development of new products, this will simplify our customer’s supply chain. This is a real game changer for everyone involved.”

About Touch International
Touch International is the leading manufacturer of specialty touch screens and display enhancement windows, and is the largest touch manufacturer in North America. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the company was founded in 2002 by Michael Woolstrum and long-time veteran, Gary Barrett, the company’s CTO. The company is world-renowned for its expertise in optically clear touch panels, EMI filter technologies, and custom touch screen designs for military, aerospace, medical, transportation and retail applications. Touch International was first to produce the iPhone-type projected capacitive touch screen for business applications, and also builds resistive sensors and glass filter products used in touch screens, display windows, anti-reflective and anti-vandal filters.

Touch International Announces 24-Inch Projected Capacitive Touch Screen Passes Military and Aerospace EMI/RFI Requirements.

Independent lab confirms breakthrough for military and aerospace product development.

Austin, TX – January 15, 2015 – Specialty touch screen and display enhancement manufacturer, Touch International, confirmed today their 24” MulTI-Touch high performance projected capacitive (P-CAP) sensors passed military and aerospace EMI/RFI requirements. This announcement follows the recent breakthrough on the company’s 10.4-Inch PCAP sensor which passed the same barrage of tests.

“We continue to push the technology envelope for high reliability and advanced markets such as military and aerospace, and this is just one more step in the right direction,” says Shaun Detmer, Marketing Director. “While other companies continue to avoid the challenges associated with development, instead continuing to offer yesterday’s technology, we took a head-on approach to advancing the market.”

24- nch projected capacitive touch screenThe key problem implementing P-CAP technology in applications such as military is the electromagnetic interference and susceptibility. The latest release of the S-Series sensors was tested in an independent lab against MIL-STD-461F with a frequency of 30MHz-18GHz and DO-160G with a frequency of 100MHz-6GHz. The sensor used for testing was a TI designed 24-inch glass-glass projected capacitive with a 1.1mm cover glass. The sensor maintains excellent performance and optical clarity while remaining completely compatible with TI’s existing library of enhancements such as optical bonding, optical filters, custom cover glass, bezel integration and other value adding solutions. Military, aerospace, transportation, and medical designers or manufacturers are able to tackle EMI/RFI compliance and regulation issues easily at the component level.

All of Touch International’s projected capacitive touch sensors are Windows 7/8 compatible and can be customized to work with any enclosure, bezel, and display. Sensors are available with I2C or plug-n-play USB connectivity. Demo kits are available and feature optically bonded sunlight readable displays.

Capacitive Touch Screen EMI/RFI

About Touch International
Touch International, headquartered in Austin, Texas, was founded in 2002 by Michael Woolstrum and long-time veteran, Gary Barrett, the company’s CTO. TI has become a world leader in touchscreen, EMI filter, and enhanced display technology. The company, who’s Engineering and Design facility and Corporate Office is located in Austin, Texas, operates 2 manufacturing facilities in Asia.