Nvidia, Atmel Doing 16-touch Tablets, MIDs

Monday during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in Barcelona, Spain, Atmel Corp said that it has collaborated with GPU giant Nvidia to bring high-performance, multi-touch, large-format touchscreen solutions to the market.

According to the announcement, Atmel is now showcasing a reference design using Nvidia's Tegra 2 and its maXTouch mXT1386 chipset. It also sports the Android OS, a screen allowing up to 16 simultaneous touches, a fast response time of over 150 Hz, and console-quality gaming. Ultimately the marriage will enable 16-input touchscreen designs up to 15.6-inches for smartphones, tablets, mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and other applications.

"By supporting grip suppression and palm rejection, the screen enables unconstrained usage and intuitive user experience," reads the chipset's description. "The device features multi-touch performance, enabling touches to be identified and individually tracked and allowing a range of built-in gestures to be reported to the host processor. Due to the high signal-to-noise ratio, the device works well with fingertip touch and can also be used with a conductive stylus."

The mXT1386 chipset is compatible with operating systems such as Linux, Android, and Windows as well as host interfaces like I2C and USB. Other features include better power consumption and rejection of unintended touches.

"Atmel and NVvidia have made many performance and accuracy improvements to make this solution ideal for tablet PC applications," said Jon Kiachian, sr. director of touch marketing, Atmel Corporation. "The Atmel maXTouch solution offers improved resolution, better linearity, faster response, and complete software and design support that will enable users of this reference design to bring their products faster-to-market."

Expect to hear more from the Atmel/Nvidia collaboration later this year.

  • Computerrock1
  • agnickolov
    Specifically designed for 8-fingered mutants in post-apocalyptic Earth...
  • amk09
    agnickolovSpecifically designed for 8-fingered mutants in post-apocalyptic Earth...
    lol was thinking the same thing.

    16 simultaneous touches!? Cool! wait...*looks at hands*
  • logicsync
    "a screen allowing up to 16 simultaneous touches"

    *look at hands*... and the legs.
  • im_caius
    Could you imagine the awkward moment if your in public with your shoes off, and you've got your tablet on the ground using both your hands and feet!?

    But seriously, what were they thinking?
  • fstrthnu
    Two people on one tablet perhaps? I doubt two people would use all 10 of their fingers at the same time, that's why they stopped at 16 to keep it reasonable. Glad to see Nvidia thinking ahead though
  • arkadi
    The next product in line "Nvidia 3d glasses for 3 eyes" lol.Good chance Nvidia works for aliens.
  • randomstar
    Multiplayer RisK, GHosts and GOblins, anyone? Interactive AD&D gaming?
  • eddieroolz
    I'd like to see someone with 16 fingers.