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Atmel brings stylus interface to tablets, mobile handsets

San Jose, Ca. – Atmel Corp. has just introduced its maXStylus family of controllers, an active stylus user interface solution for tablets and smartphones.

Designed to work in conjunction with the maXTouch controllers, the maXStylus family is based on the company’s multiSense technology, which allows the use of advanced gesturing such as zooming in/out while writing and scrolling; page flipping while scrolling; and selecting a tool or content.

The maXStylus family is designed to provide the most precise, high-resolution writing experience with a narrow 1mm tip, excellent accuracy and linearity of +/- 0.25mm, advanced gesturing, palm rejection and pressure sensing capability with 256 pressure levels to enhance writing/drawing experiences.

The family also supports dual mechanical buttons for customizable features tailored for the end customer. The Atmel mXTS100 is the first device that is sampling in this family and works with the maXTouch E series and future maXTouch solutions.

As a co-engineering partner to Microsoft, the mXTS100 supports Windows 8 and the recently launched Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Unlike traditional approaches which require two separate sensors to enable both stylus and finger touch, maXStylus allows the use of just one sensor to implement both a stylus and touch simultaneously to simplify system design and reduce overall system cost.

The Atmel mXTS100 is sampling to lead customers in November 2011. Production quantities are expected to ship in Q1FY12. For more information on the Atmel maXStylus family go to www.atmel.com/maXStylus.

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