Zytronic to unveil new controller technology offering enhanced functionality for large form/factor PCT™ touch sensors

April 2010        Ref: ZY235/A

Society for Information Display – Display Week 2010
May 23-28, 2010

Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, Washington
Booth Number: 509
Zytronic to unveil new controller technology offering enhanced functionality for large form/factor PCT™ touch sensors

Examples of 12- to 50-inch Projected Capacitive Technology(PCT) touch solutions will demonstrate potential for innovative industrial, self service and interactive digital signage user interface designs

At SID Display Week 2010, Zytronic, the leading developer of PCT products for public and industrial touchscreen applications, will introduce a new family of touch controllers designed to enhance user experience.

Designed for its proprietary range of touch sensors, the new touch controllers offer features such as dual-touch output for linkage to “multi- touch” or gesture recognition software, Windows® 7 plug and play, in-field firmware upgradeability and reduced PCB footprint.

Visitors to the booth will also experience Zytronic’s latest touch solutions including a 50-inch example of its unique large form/factor projected capacitive screens in the form of a multi-touch ZYTOUCH® sensor. This can be used with LCD or rear projection systems up to 82-inches in size, for applications such as street vending or interactive digital signage. In addition, a central podium featuring a 26-inch custom ZYBRID® sensor will demonstrate a new driver function supporting the new controllers, which allows multiple touch zones and buttons to be defined on a single sensor. The unit will also serve as an example of how the technology supports today’s ergonomic and styling trends such as bezel-free designs and screen printed features.

The booth will also feature a quad touchscreen display highlighting the various unrivalled capabilities of PCT, and using Zytronic’s customizable ZYBRID sensors. These include a 15-inch LCD unit demonstrating how PCT can be optically bonded for extreme outdoor applications where sunlight readability and thermal management is paramount. Two further exhibits will demonstrate PCT’s through-glass sensing capability, which greatly extends the application range of touchscreen technology; and how, with the use of a mirrored-glass front, a touch display can be used to create an interactive smart-mirror for use in appliance and retail applications.

Completing the feature display, a printed, ground and polished ZYBRID touchscreen combined with a 12-inch LCD and providing an additional array of touch-sensitive buttons will demonstrate how PCT supports new levels of system integration. This new solution from Zytronic is expected to be of great interest to designers of touch user-interface applications such as industrial computing, security and self-service terminals as it allows a full drag-and-drop touch screen to be combined with a keyboard, pin pad or hotkeys located outside the viewable area of the LCD. This simplifies integration and reduces peripheral devices and mechanical buttons for greater reliability, reduced cost and enhanced appearance.

About PCT
A PCT sensor comprises an array of micro-fine conductive tracks, closely positioned to form an XY grid and used to generate a capacitive sensing field in front of the sensor. The sensing array is embedded within a tough laminated panel, with a durable, pure glass front surface. Unlike resistive, IR and surface-capacitive, Zytronic’s projected capacitive technology (PCT) sensors have no front-face-active components. This eliminates the need for a bezel or frame, thereby enabling designers to create stylish end products that appeal to today’s generation of users.

With no tooling required in the manufacturing process, sensors may be completely customized to suit the user application and environment; this includes the use of a variety of glass types and thicknesses, and optical enhancement films. Because the sensing array is safely embedded behind the glass front surface, it is also highly resistant to hazards such as scratching or chemical spills, and can be sealed to a high level such as IP67. Furthermore, with its unique level of tuneable Z axis sensitivity, touches can be detected through user’s gloves or covering glass approaching 20mm thick, thus greatly extending the possibility to deploy touchscreens in a wide variety of public, self-service and demanding environment applications.

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About Zytronic
Zytronic designs and manufactures a range of technologies that optimize the performance of electronic display applications. The company’s principle products include award-winning touchscreen technologies, optical filters for enhanced performance and protection, and special filters to minimize electromagnetic emissions. In addition, the company can offer complex shaped glass composites for specialized applications.

Zytronic products are used in electronic displays for information kiosks, web phones, ATMs and gaming machines, as well as by military, computer, telecommunications, medical and lighting OEMs, and are available from its network of worldwide distributors.

The company is headquartered at its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Blaydon, Tyne & Wear in the UK. In addition to ISO-approved manufacturing, this facility is responsible for ongoing product development in composite technology and is home to Zytronic’s team of lamination, material science and electronics specialists.

For more company information, visit Zytronic’s web site at: www.zytronic.co.uk.

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Sheila Dean, Zytronic
Whiteley Road, Blaydon on Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE21 5NJ, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 191 414 5511        Fax: +44 (0) 191 414 0545
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