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MulTI-Touch Ultra-Thin Controller Series Sets New Standard in Design Flexiblity

Touch International simplifies touch screen customization process, gives customers flexibility to choose the design and performance features they want without high NRE fees.

Austin, TX – April 4, 2012 – Supplying OEMs and system integrators with a simplified design solution that’s heavy on flexibility but light on the wallet, Touch International announced today the launch of its new MulTI-Touch Ultra-Thin PCB Controller Series which features a complementing line of baseline projected capacitive sensor designs.

Decoding Touch TechnologyThe first of its kind, the new series is designed to help streamline the product development process, while still allowing for complete customization through touch screen size, cover glass and display enhancement options. Best of all, customers choosing the new MulTI-Touch products are able to minimize NRE (non-reoccurring engineering) fees that are often associated with custom displays.

“Our customers are looking for a simplified solution that is easy to make their own,” explains Michael Woolstrum, Touch International CEO and co-founder. “By offering a series of touch screens and controllers that can be mixed and matched, our customers can tailor the design to fit their application while ultimately saving money by decreasing the design time and fees.”

Supporting up to 15.6” touch screens with up to 9mm of cover glass, the MulTI-Touch Controller series provides smart design and performance options, and features a profile height or .114” or less, giving display makers an ultra-thin, durable board for slim configurations.

For customers wanting to test the projected capacitive technology before they buy, MulTI-Touch Developer Kits are available in 7.0” and 10.1” sizes. See MulTI-Touch display solutions at http://touchinternational.com/products/multitouch-touch-screen.html.

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 and has become a world leader in touch screen and EMI filter technology. The company, with its partner DMC, Co. Ltd. in Osaka, Japan, operates eight manufacturing facilities worldwide with 1,200 employees. TI’s China factories manufacture Apple iPhone-type projected capacitive touch screens, resistive sensors and glass filter products used in touch screens, EMI, anti-reflective or anti-vandal filters.

Decoding Touch Technology Whitepaper – Get all the Info on Touch Technology!

Choosing the Right Touch Technology

Choosing the Right Technology Can be Tricky…

After much researching, writing, and rewriting, Touch International has released its whitepaper, Decoding Touch Technology: An Insider’s Guide to Choosing the Right Touch for Your Display. Identifying key differences between the top ten touch technologies, Decoding Touch Technology answers questions like “Why should I choose this technology?” and “How does it work?”

The whitepaper compares projected capacitive, resistive, surface capacitive, IR, DST, Optical and more. Download the whitepaper here and let us know what you think!

Q&A Session with Mil/Aero Sales Engineer James Hunt

What excites you most about diving into touch screen manufacturing?Mil/Aero Sales Engineer James Hunt
The touch screen industry itself is exciting because one can relate to the various applications in everyday life. Almost everywhere we go we encounter touch screens – supermarket, bank, doctor’s office, casinos, airport – the list is virtually endless.

In terms of touch screen manufacturing, it is interesting because every solution is different and comes with unique considerations and challenges. For military, the important touch screen attributes are generally high optical performance and high reliability. Other segments require high volume and low cost. We encounter a wide array of needs and requirements that often vary by industry or application.

Another exciting aspect of Touch International right now is our improvement plan to the Austin facility. We have undertaken facility upgrades which include a new clean room, and are implementing processes to transfer our company into a lean organization which will ultimately better serve our customers.

What role do you see Touch International playing within the Mil/Aero market space?
Our role is not only to provide products to this market but also to help our customers find solutions throughout the concept, development, prototype and volume production stages. This process is even more important for the military/aerospace segment because of higher standards invoked on products from a reliability, performance, and traceability perspective. We see ourselves as a key custom solution supplier for these market segments.

Where do you think military electronics are headed in 2012 and beyond?
In terms of traditional military platforms, we expect to see some contraction in the electronics market. Having said this, Touch International does see opportunities in the existing platforms as well as new technologies being implemented in the same sector.

I do anticipate seeing a rise in the deployment of touch technology in military applications. Touch technology has proven itself to be highly versatile, and applications for touch screen devices are virtually countless. Although touch screen electronics have been in the mainstream for quite some time, military devices take a little bit longer to develop.

While there are many military applications for touch technology, one of the most obvious is the ability to communicate through mobile phones and touch pads. In recent weeks, US government agencies and contractors have publicized the development of secure software run on Android-based touch screen devices to be deployed to soldiers in the field. By providing soldiers with this kind of touch-enabled device, classified information containing the location of infantry or potentially dangerous areas can be sent directly to the soldier on a digital map.

This breakthrough is just one example of how touch screens are becoming a requirement in military electronics and provide key advantages in the field. Whether it is a large-format touch screen being used to view maps at a regional command post, or one of thousands of hand-held devices used in the field for communication, or part of the control panel inside of an MRAP vehicle, the possibilities for touch technology in military electronics are virtually endless and will enjoy growth across the board.

What is Touch International working on right now in terms of military solutions?
The military is always seeking to have the best trained soldiers, using the best equipment and the latest technologies to accomplish its mission. To that end, our goal is to provide award-winning touch screen and LCD enhancement solutions that meet these needs. In 2012 Touch International is focused on building sunlight readable displays with EMI shielding and a full bond to LCD solution; this solution provides optimal visibility in changing light conditions, noise suppression to remain undetected, and a ruggedized display to ensure accuracy even during challenging environments.