SAN JOSE, USA: Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced that luxury vehicle manufacturer, BMW, has chosen Cypress’s CapSense capacitive touch solution for the infotainment system inside BMW 5, 6, and 7 series, as well as 5GT, X5 and X6 models.
The dashboard contains Cypress’s CapSense CY8C21534 chip, an AEC-Q100 qualified device. AEC-Q100 specifications ensure that components meet rigorous Automotive Quality Systems standards. Each control panel features six to eight numbered mechanical buttons which can be programmed to perform the driver’s selected tasks.
The user simply touches the button to display the programmed functionality, and then depresses the mechanical button to activate it. The console can operate three functions including the navigation system, AM/FM radio and hands-free phone communication.
Cypress’s automotive-qualified CapSense devices are available in A grade (-40C to 85C), as well as E grade (-40C to 125C) which is not available in most competitive products. Automotive CapSense enables attractive, highly functional interfaces with improved durability over mechanical buttons and sliders.
In addition, their industry-leading reliability, noise-immunity and water-resistance deliver superior performance in the harsh automotive operating environment. CapSense proximity sensing offers a detection range up to 25 cm, saving power by activating an interface only when needed. The devices are ideal for interior automotive applications such as audio, navigation, AC control and lighting control, as well as exterior applications such as trunk release and passive keyless-entry buttons.