Automotive touch controllers support proximity detection, force sensing

March 22, 2016 // By Julien Happich
Synaptics has announced a new family of feature-rich touch controller solutions designed specifically for the durable requirements and safety needs of the automotive market.

The ClearPad automotive solutions include S7883, S7884, S7885, and S7886. The S7883/4 (80 channels) and S7884/6 (102 channels) enable touchscreens up to 14 inches and an industry-leading 17 inches respectively.

These touch controllers detect proximity (hand coming towards the display), and perform while wearing gloves and under moist screen or finger conditions. Additionally, the S7884/86 products feature Synaptics’ innovative ClearForce pressure sensing technology, enabling variable force to power unique touchscreen features specified by OEMs and their Tier 1 suppliers.

The chips meet ISO 11452 standards for automotive electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), Automotive Electronics Council (AEC-Q100) specifications for use in harsh automotive environments, and are PPAP compliant.

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