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June 30, 2010

Atmel Gets Compatible with Windows 7 Logo for 10 Multi-touches

From Apple's iPad to slate tablets, touch screens are on the rise. By 2015, market research firm Gartner (News - Alert) expects that more than 50 percent of PCs purchased by users under the age of 15 will have touch screens- up from fewer than 2 percent in 2009. To demonstrate its commitment to this growing segment, San Jose, Calif-based microcontroller and touch solutions provider Atmel (News - Alert) Corp.( has earned Windows 7 logo.

According to Atmel, it has received the 'Compatible with Windows 7' logo for over 10 multi-touches on a 10.1 inch maXTouch technology touchscreen device, which was tested in the Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL). In a release, Atmel said that it's maXTouch technology has passed the rigorous phases of this certification program.

The Windows 7 logo program aims to inform consumers and help them make better purchasing decisions by identifying products via the 'Compatible with Windows 7' logo that have passed Microsoft (News - Alert)-designed tests for compatibility and reliability on Windows 7 operating system. This program now includes the new Windows Touch qualifier. Windows Touch is a new feature in the Windows 7 operating system that allows users to control Windows and their application using multi-touch input. All vendors must pass this qualification step in order to achieve the Windows 7 logo.
To assist partners with preparing for the Windows Touch tests, Microsoft established the Windows Touch Test Lab (WTTL), also commonly known as the WHQL testing. This Microsoft facility helps partners validate the quality of their multi-touch digitizers for use with Windows Touch. The facility also provides the test services necessary to qualify multi-touch devices.

'As a leader in the touch technology space, Atmel is committed to offering consumers the highest reliability and functionality for their touch applications,' according to Binay Bajaj, senior manager of touch marketing at Atmel. 'By offering more than 10 touches, Atmel provides designers a robust platform to develop new and exciting touch applications. Furthermore, this functionality allows the rejection of unintended touches including face detection on mobile phones, grip suppression, and palm rejection on mobile Internet devices and netbook screens,' added Bajaj.

Atmel's capacitive multi-touch maXTouch supports an unlimited number of touches and stylus, greatly enhancing the user experience and changing the way users interact with electronic devices like tablets, smartbooks, mobile Internet devices (MIDs), netbooks and PC notebooks. This technology is optimized for touch screens up to 15.6 inches (39.6 cm).

Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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