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Omron extends Touch Control IC family to 16 channels

04 July 2007

Omron Electronic Components has added a 16-channel version to its capacitive Touch Control IC family. B6TS touch sensors allow a non-conducting surface of any shape to be used as a control, giving a new dimension to the styling of consumer brown and white goods and AV equipment, as well as vending machines, lift controls and security access.

The new device is able to manage 16 different input buttons from one chip and complements the existing 4- and 8-channel versions. Like the existing devices, the B6TS-16 is easy to integrate and highly tolerant of its working environment. Features such as self-teaching, auto threshold and intelligent filtering simplify system design and improve performance. B6TS compensates continuously for long term drift, to help ensure a long service life, and is designed to be tolerant of EMC interference.

In consumer electrical goods, controls are normally designed to match the cosmetic appearance of the unit. The B6TS offers customers a great deal of freedom to build their own circuits around the sensor chip using their own defined electrode configuration. Omron offers an evaluation kit (Touch sensor Smart Installation System) or “B6TWorkbench”, allowing designers to experiment with user-definable settings to achieve desired sensing performance and accommodate anticipated environmental changes in the custom specific touch panel.

The B6TS is suitable for use with almost all non-conducting materials such as plastic, rubber, glass, marble and wood. It can also be used with ITO (Indium-Tin-Oxide) and other clear materials to create back light touch keys for graphics and special lighting effects.

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