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Atmel ships second-gen maXStylus Active Pen


Atmel is now shipping its second generation Windows 8.1-certified maXStylus in volume quantities. The new capacitive active stylus controller delivers a near-perfect ‘pen-to-paper’ writing experience on a touchscreen with superior responsiveness.

According to Shar Narasimhan, Atmel Sr. Product Marketing Manager of Touchscreen and Stylus Products, touchscreens ranging from 6” to 15.6” using Atmel’s maXTouch controllers can seamlessly support maXStylus without additional hardware components or design changes.

“These solutions include our recently launched maXTouch T Series devices ranging from the mXT640T to the mXT2952T single-chip solutions. This integrated solution eliminates the need for an additional sensor layer, lowering overall system costs for the OEM without compromising performance,” Narasimhan explained. “The complete maXTouch and maXStylus solution has achieved Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 certification and can be [easily] integrated into [Microsoft] Windows 8.1 or [Google’s] Android OS.”

Narasimhan also noted that Atmel’s Stylus heralds a new era of interaction with smart devices as users seek a more intuitive experience on their smartphones, tablets, notebooks and Ultrabooks.

“These smart devices also require richer feature sets to differentiate their products,” he said. “We deliver the closest pen-to-paper experience available today for users writing with a capacitive active stylus on a touchscreen. Our next-generation maXStylus pen is currently in mass production with tier 1 OEMs and will be available on store shelves in early Q1.”

Today, competing active stylus solutions compromise the noise immunity and power levels of a system as the touchscreen struggles to distinguish between the pen and the user’s fingers. This degrades the overall system power consumption, signal-to-noise (SNR) ratio and pressure sensitivity resulting in missing strokes, dropped touches, poor linearity and an overall inferior user experience. 

With Atmel’s integrated solution, the maXStylus mXTS200 uses intelligent scanning and synchronization with the touch controller to deliver a higher SNR ratio. This results in the best capacitive stylus writing experience available on the market today – without comprising the touch controller’s noise immunity and power consumption of the overall system.

In addition, the maXStylus mXTS200 features intelligent palm rejection and the capability to switch from writing with a stylus to using both large and small fingers, without degrading capacitive touchscreen touch performance.

Interested in learning more? You can check out Atmel’s official maXStylus site here.

Atmel’s maXTouch T – the favored choice for Windows 8.1

Atmel has confirmed that its maXTouch T Series controllers have been integrated in a substantial number of newly launched Windows 8.1 touch-enabled systems – with the company expecting to extend its leadership position as the market adopts Windows 8.1 platforms.

As we’ve previously discussed on Bits & Pieces, Atmel leads the industry in Windows 8 certifications as its maXTouch controllers enable the touchscreens for over 115 Win 8 and 8.1 tablets, Ultrabooks and notebooks.

The first maXTouch T Series devices – the 2952T and 1664T – launched in the second quarter, provide the first single-chip solutions for screen sizes from 8.9” to 15.6” and deliver optimized touch performance including active and passive stylus, enhanced moisture immunity, glove support and advanced noise immunity.

As a co-engineering partner with Microsoft, Atmel has developed high-performance touch controllers to meet the touchscreen specifications for Windows 8.1. The T Series exceeds all of these requirements, all while providing ultra-low power consumption.

As noted above, Atmel’s maXTouch T Series devices are currently shipping in numerous Windows 8.1 products including the ASUS T100, Samsung ATIV Tab 3, Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro.

“Atmel’s maXTouch controllers continue to lead the market as the performance solution for meeting the stringent testing requirements of Windows 8.1,” said Rob Frizzell, Director of Large Touchscreen Products, Atmel. “We expect the adoption of touch to continue growing with the release of Windows 8.1. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Microsoft to bring a superior user experience to consumers around the globe.”