Atmel’s maXTouch controllers becomes first to support Windows 8

Atmel’s maXTouch controllers becomes first to support Windows 8

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Applying Atmel’s proven maXTouch technology, the mXT1386 is the first device in Atmel’s maXTouch family that will support Windows 8 for touchscreens in a variety of sizes.

Touch interfaces have had explosive growth and are now widely adopted in a variety of devices ranging from smartphones to tablets. 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.

The Atmel maXTouch mXT1386 controller for Windows 8 provides users all the same benefits of the maXTouch family including better noise immunity for noisy environments, lower power, superior touch performance and stylus support. The product also offers improved noise performance to allow the use of shieldless sensor substrates for thinner, sleeker touchscreen designs. In addition, the maXTouch controller includes a signal-to-noise ratio of 80:1, offering more sensitivity to even the lightest touches. A high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) enables the device to work well with a fingertip touch or a stylus as small as 1mm. The mXT1386 maXTouch controller offers one of the industry’s fastest touch frame rate of 180Hz, for a responsive touch interface to ensure a smooth user experience.

The Atmel mXT1386 controller offers a first touch latency of as low as 20 ms 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. All these features provide users an excellent touch interface and experience.


The Atmel maXTouch mXT1386 is available now.

More information about Atmel maXTouch products at


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