N-trig Single-Chip Solution Brings Pen and Multi-Touch Computing to the Small Screen

July 18, 2012 |     Print This Article

A first in the industry, DuoSense supports devices with screen sizes from 5-15.6", lowering power and size requirements and opening the door to the handheld market

KFAR SABA, Israel -July 18th , 2012- N-trig, providers of the DuoSense pen and multi-touch user interface, today announced that the fourth generation DuoSense chipset family has been extended to include single-chip solutions. While competing solutions require either two sensors or multiple chips to support pen and multi-touch, N-trig is the first company to offer both on a single chip and a single sensor, providing device manufacturers with a compact, low-power solution and paving the way for N-trig to enter the handheld market. The newest DuoSense chipset is optimized for a variety of screen sizes, ranging from 5" handhelds to 11" tablets, and offers an Analog-IC that allows for support of up to 15.6" portable PCs.

The DuoSense single-chip solution is the first single-chip on the market to support both pen and multi-touch input for mobile computing, allowing for easier integration and flexibility in thinner and slimmer computing designs. It also offers the ability to support a chip-on-flex configuration, in which the chip is directly mounted and electronically connected to a flexible circuit, eliminating the need for a controller.

"Our innovative single-chip solution allows OEMs to offer industry-leading pen and multi-touch input while meeting market demand for lighter, thinner and smaller devices," said Ronen Heldman, VP Marketing, N-trig. "We especially look forward to introducing our unmatched pen and multi-touch capabilities to the handheld market."

The chipset family includes:

  • DS-P4048 - Optimized for handheld solutions with screen sizes of 5"-6"
  • DS-P4080 - Optimized for mini-tablets with screen sizes of 6"-8"
  • DS-P4096 - Optimized for tablets with screen sizes of 9"-11"
  • DS-A4016 - An analog-IC that can be used in conjunction with the DS-P4096 to support Ultrabooks and mobile computing devices with screen sizes of up to 15.6"
  • DS-D4000 - A Digital-IC together with multiple DS-A4016, is optimized for meeting the increasing demand for narrow designs in the Ultrabook and mobile computing device markets

Chipset engineering samples are already available for customers, and the DuoSense solution will be integrated in a number of Android and Windows/Windows 8-based tablets scheduled for release later this year.

About N-trig

With a global presence, N-trig operates within the pen and touch-enabled ecosystem, offering DuoSense a complete solution in a single-digitizer for mobile computing devices and a variety of chipset solutions that combine active pen and multi-touch functionality to meet the ever-increasing demand for productivity on the move. The DuoSense active pen enables users to annotate on screen in a similar manner to pen-on-paper and the multi-touch capabilities allow users to interact directly with their computing devices, enhancing the mobile computing experience from passive to active for increased productivity and true interaction. DuoSense supports multiple operating systems, including Windows®, AndroidTM and Linux® and can be implemented across a wide variety of devices such as handhelds, tablets, ultrabooks, netbooks and desktop replacements. N-trig has offices in Israel, the US, Taiwan, China and Japan. For more information, please visit www.n-trig.com.

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