“We needed a reliable solution for our ship telephones, so we looked for a touch sensor design. Now that Altium Designer, together with Atmel QTouch Studio, offers an integrated solution, we expect to reduce our PCB design time by up to 80%.”
Atle M. Christiansen, R&D Manager
Jotron Phontech AS
Touch sensitive electronics are on the forefront of technology. By replacing mechanical buttons and switches, you can reduce physical wear and waterproofing issues all while turning what would have been an ordinary product into something new and innovative. But properly implementing these devices in your designs can become a huge challenge without the right resources. What can you do to easily integrate touch sensors into your design workflow?
Designing Complicated PCB Features Required for Touch Sensors
Adding a touch sensor to your electronic product is a process that starts at the beginning of a design, and extends to all phases. How you manage the configuration details of your touch sensor devices in the schematic can ultimately affect the final design, and you may be left with the tall task of redoing things from the start. Where do you find the resources you need to ensure you only have to do this once?
Built-in Touch Sensor Resources for All Phases of the Design
Design it right with all the necessary tools included
- Configurable touch sensor libraries let you set the controls and parameters of your device from the start.
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- Automatically generate the complex land patterns and footprints required for touch sensors, with a powerful engine for dedicated PCB design.
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- Model and verify your designs in Native 3D to make sure they are aligned and fit correctly.
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Tracking Down Hard-to-Find Touch Sensor Parts
Touch sensors are a modern design innovation, and finding the right parts can often be a challenge. The last thing you need is to finish the design process, then find out that the touch sensor you decided on is now obsolete, or is outrageously expensive. You’ll probably end up spending the next few nights and weekends going back to redo the work you’ve already finished once. What can you do to make sure the parts you need are available and affordable, before you start the design?
Accurate and Up-to-Date Part Information
Get the whole story on touch sensor parts, before you design with them
- Atmel® QTouch® and QMatrix® libraries are included to help you get the right information from the start.
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- Microchip® mTouch® libraries are also included, providing another major touch sensor solution.
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- Real-time supplier information, for all touch sensors on the market, is available at your fingertips and ensures that you always have up-to-date vendor and pricing information.
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Taking Advantage of the Latest in Flexible Touch Sensing Technology
Touch sensors are being integrated more and more into electronics in our everyday lives. You need the tools to design for new and emerging touch sensing technology as it happens, and that could mean taking extra measures for flexibility, transparency, durability, or any number of other challenges. How do you design for the future of touch sensing technology?
Powerful Design Tools for Flexible Electronics
Visualize your designs as they appear in the real world
- Tools for viewing, navigating, and editing flexible electronics let you fully prototype the dynamic behavior of modern touch sensors.
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- Comprehensive 3D clearance checking helps you verify the fit and alignment of any form factor, even the most complex shapes.
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- An array of useful 3D outputs means that your manufacturer won’t need to do any guessing about your design intent.
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