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Microchip’s new dev platform supports 2D multi-touch and 3D gestures


Microchip announced the expansion of its Human Interface Input Sensing Solutions portfolio with the introduction of the 3DTouchPad, a PC peripheral and what the company states is the world’s first Development Platform for 2D multi-touch and 3D gestures. The 3DTouchPad adds free space gesture recognition to projected-capacitive multi-touch as a development platform and reference design. 

The 3DTouchPad provides robust and innovative 3D gesture recognition utilizing Microchip’s GestIC technology that offers a detection range of up to 10 cm for 3D gestures, along with Microchip’s highly responsive projected-capacitive 2D multi-touch solution supporting up to 10 touch points and multi-finger surface gestures. 

The 2D multi-touch is enhanced by Microchip’s new capacitive touch-screen line driver, MTCH652, which was also announced today.

The new 3DTouchPad includes driverless, out-of-the-box features for Windows 7/8.X and OS X, 3D air gestures, advanced multi-touch performance including surface gestures, and a free downloadable GUI and SDK/API package tailored for developers.  The possibilities for this technology also expand beyond the PC market and computer touch pads to include hands-free sanitary products, home automation, remote controls, game controllers, wearable devices and automotive applications. 

The 3DTouchPad (part # DM160225, $99.00), is available to order today with free downloadable software under the Documentation & Software section at http://www.microchip.com/get/RL1J

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