Atmel Corporation has announced its mXT1386 is the is the first touch controller chip in Atmel's maXTouch family that will support Windows 8 for touch screens in different sizes. The mXT1386 controller IC is used in the Samsung Windows Developer Preview PC.
According to market research firm IHS iSuppli, global shipments for tablets alone are estimated to be 275.3 million units by 2015. With Windows 8, touch interfaces can be added to not only tablets but notebook PCs and all-in-one PCs.
"Atmel is clearly the touch leader for mobile devices and tablets. We want to expand this seamless touch experience to notebook PCs and all-in-one PCs with our maXTouch technology," said Jon Kiachian, sr. director of touch marketing, Atmel Corporation. "Our collaboration with Microsoft will help make this a reality. We are excited to be selected as one of a few co-engineering partners to enable Windows 8 with our maXTouch controllers. This selection is further proof of our leadership in the market."
Atmel says its mXT1386 touch controller offers a first touch latency of as low as 20ms with enhanced edge detection to enable fast execution of Windows 8 touch gestures. The mXT1386 is fully compatible with Windows 8 human interface devices (HID) that are "plug 'n' play" ready and do not require drivers.