Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Cypress ships 1 billionth capacitive touch unit

SAN JOSE, USA: Cypress Semiconductor Corp. it has shipped over 1 billion capacitive touch units. Included in the billion units are Cypress’s TrueTouch touchscreen controllers; CapSense controllers for mechanical button, slider and switch replacement; and trackpad units for cursor navigation in laptop computers.

Cypress shipped its first touch-sensing solutions in 2005 with a CapSense mechanical button and slider replacement for a popular portable music player. Cypress introduced its first TrueTouch touchscreen solutions in 2007. The company added trackpads to its offerings in 2010.

The rapid ramp of these solutions is attributable to numerous technical innovations, which have yielded 50 touch-centric patents granted and well over 200 in process. Cypress’s market penetration has included a wide variety of end-products, including high-volume mobile handsets, tablets, automotive applications, consumer electronics, white goods, industrial products and many more.

“Our touch-sensing business is a prime example of the success of our programmable product strategy, and Cypress’s ability to scale successful technologies,” said Cathal Phelan, executive VP of Cypress’s Consumer and Computation Division. “Leveraging our PSoC platform, we were able to quickly enter, and then dominate, multiple, fast-growing touch-sensing markets. As a result, we now have a strong leadership position in these markets with a deep IP portfolio.”

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