First phone with 'hover' functionality enabled by Cypress TrueTouch controller technology

March 20, 2012 // By Paul Buckley
Cypress Semiconductor's TrueTouch controllers are driving the ‘floating touch’ navigation feature for magic web browsing on the hot new Xperia sola smartphone from Sony Mobile Communications.

The Xperia sola’s floating touch is the world’s first smartphone to allow users to navigate by hovering a finger above the screen so it acts like a moving cursor without actually touching the screen. Once the desired link is found it can be highlighted and a simple tap will load the page. This alleviates the common problem of tiny links on a phone screen that are difficult to access. The technology also enables users to operate the Xperia sola flawlessly while wearing even thick gloves, a convenient feature for users in cold climates.

Cypress’s TrueTouch controllers enable the Xperia sola’s new feature with patent-pending technology that is unavailable from other suppliers. TrueTouch is the only solution with the ability to execute both self-capacitance and mutual-capacitance measurements in the same device—and switch dynamically between the two in application. This capability enables the hover and glove touch functionality.