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DGAP-News: Dialog Semiconductor Plc. / Key word(s): Product Launch

20.03.2013 / 08:00


Providing mass market medium and large size displays with highly
responsive, low cost multi-touch gesture control, based on FlatFrog's PSD

Kirchheim/Teck, Germany 20th March 2013 - Dialog Semiconductor plc (FWB:
DLG), a provider of highly integrated power management, audio and short
range wireless technologies, today announced its move into touchscreen
sensors with the launch of the SmartWaveTM  - part number DA8901 -
Multi-Touch Integrated Circuit (MTICTM). The MTIC is the world's first chip
to enable FlatFrog's1 market proven Planar Scatter Detection (PSD) Touch in
high volume consumer devices. Using in-lens infrared light, the FlatFrog
PSD Touch system can detect and track multiple touches, gestures and
pressures from gloved hands, stylus and other objects, providing a more
natural true-touch user experience at performance levels surpassing the
latest capacitance-based solutions, but at a fraction of the cost.

MTIC is suitable for today's, laptops, All-in-One PCs, UltrabooksTM and
monitors, and is optimized for display types between 11 and 36 inches. It
is also designed to meet Microsoft Windows 8 and Intel's UltrabookTM touch

Supporting up to 40 simultaneous touches, the MTIC uses the proven
principles of FlatFrog's patented Planar Scatter Detection (PSD) Touch
technology to detect changes in infrared light injected into the cover lens
of the display. As users touch the glass surface, scattered light is
detected by multiple infrared receivers. The resulting signals are received
by the MTIC where they are amplified and pre-filtered before being
converted to the digital domain. The data is then subjected to advanced
signal processing using the MTIC's integrated detector engine - based on
the ARM(R) Cortex(TM) M0 processor - which is then used as a basis to
provide the touch co-ordinates to the main device processor.

A single MTIC can drive up to twelve infrared LED/emitter pairs directly. A
typical Ultrabook, tablet or All-in-One PC would contain a number of MTICs
configured in a master/slave arrangement catering for a flexible number of
screen sizes up to 36 inches. PSD Touch works with any display type and
with either a glass or plastic cover lens. Unlike projected capacitive
(procap) touch technology, which is widely deployed today in smartphones
and tablets, the system provides full edge-to-edge industrial design with
100% optical clarity because there are no expensive ITO layers to impede
the light from the display reaching the eye. This also means the screen
backlight does not need to be driven as hard to achieve the same brightness
level, which will result in additional system power savings.

Mark Tyndall, VP Corporate Development and Strategy at Dialog Semiconductor
commented, 'The DA8901 MTIC promises to be a real game changer, providing
uncompromised multi-touch at a price point affordable to mainstream
Ultrabooks and a plethora of next generation touch-enabled display
products. Unlike competing technologies, system cost scales linearly with
screen size, meaning even the lowest priced mainstream All-In-One PCs and
monitors can enjoy a premium multi-touch experience'.

'We are excited to team with FlatFrog and look forward to continuing this
collaboration.' added Tyndall.

Christer FÃ¥hraeus, Co-founder and Chairman at FlatFrog Laboratories added,
'Having perfected our technology over a number of years, we are proud to
have an innovative company like Dialog bring our PSD technology to the high
volume consumer market in such an optimised mixed signal IC and provide the
industry with a lower cost alternative to competing touch sensor

The DA8901 comes in a 59 pin, 5.7mm x 5.0mm QFN package. Its small
footprint and minimal external bill of materials makes it ideal for
mounting alongside the LED emitter and receiver components on a very thin
low cost printed circuit board located around the edges of the display or
mounted under the display to provide a bezel-less design. The low profile
means the whole touch system is thinner than the display module meaning it
adds no thickness to the end device.

The DA8901 MTIC will be available from Q3 2013.

‒ ENDS ‒

Editor's notes:
1 FlatFrog Laboratories AB is based in Lund, Sweden and was founded in
2007. The company is revolutionizing the touch industry with its patented
optical in-glass PSD technology, providing true multi-touch systems that
allow a superior user experience. FlatFrog offers a uniquely smooth and
precise touch control technology, supporting up to 40 simultaneous touches
with pressure detection. Applications include digital signage, automotive,
education, gaming and medical displays, as well as consumer electronic.
FlatFrog investors include Invus, Sunstone Capital, Intel Capital and Fårö

Company contact:
Helen McInnes, Dialog Semiconductor, Green Park, 100 Longwater Avenue,
Reading RG2 6GP, UK

Tel:  +44(0)1793 756 960   
Mobile: +44 (0)7554 419 180  
E-mail: helen.mcinnes@diasemi.com 
Web: www.dialog-semiconductor.com

Media contact:
Racepoint Group UK

About Dialog Semiconductor 
Dialog Semiconductor creates highly integrated, mixed-signal integrated
circuits (ICs) optimised for personal portable, low energy short-range
wireless, lighting and automotive applications. The company provides
flexible and dynamic support, world-class innovation and the assurance of
dealing with an established business partner.
With its focus and expertise in energy efficient system power management,
and with a technology portfolio including audio, short range wireless and
VoIP technology, Dialog brings decades of experience to the rapid
development of ICs for personal portable applications including
Smartphones, Tablet PCs, digital cordless and gaming applications.

Dialog's power management processor companion chips are essential for
enhancing both the performance in terms of extended battery lifetime and
the consumers' multimedia experience. With world-class manufacturing
partners, Dialog operates a fabless business model.

Dialog Semiconductor plc is headquartered near Stuttgart with a global
sales, R&D and marketing organisation. In 2012, it had $774 million in
revenue and was one of the fastest growing European public semiconductor
companies. At the end of 2012 it had approximately 800 employees. The
company is listed on the Frankfurt (FWB: DLG) stock exchange and is a
member of the German TecDax index. www.dialog-semiconductor.com

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