TouchSensor and Atmel to Collaborate

WHEATON, IL /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- TouchSensor Technologies, a division of Methode Electronics Inc. and a global leader in providing touch-sensitive user-interfaces, has been named as an Atmel maXTouch touchscreen integration collaborator by Atmel Corp., a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions.

Since 1997, TouchSensor Technologies has designed and manufactured millions of touch user-interfaces for discrete key applications. Now, after an exhaustive evaluation of the available touchscreen technologies in the marketplace, TouchSensor has selected Atmel's maXTouch technology as its platform for next-generation touchscreen solutions for the medical, commercial, automotive, industrial, and appliance markets.

"Given the massive demand for touchscreen solutions beyond consumer electronics, the collaboration with Atmel enables TouchSensor to provide our customers with the best touchscreen technology and also expand our business across several markets," said Bob Campbell, TouchSensor's General Manager. "The markets we serve desire the same touchscreen performance consumers experience with their mobile phones, tablets, and netbooks. Our customers are looking to us to create touchscreens that have consumer electronics performance, combined with the ability to operate without degradation when used with the thicker fascia materials required for harsh commercial and industrial applications."

"We are pleased to enter into this technical collaboration with TouchSensor," said Jon Kiachian, Senior Touch Marketing Director, Atmel Corp. "This collaboration will give us a vehicle to better serve the growing demand for the Atmel maXTouch solution, across diverse markets."

About Atmel maXTouch
With true unlimited touch functionality and stylus support, the maXTouch technology will enable exciting new applications, such as tablets, netbooks, and MIDs. The microcontroller technology, combined with proprietary algorithms, offers a better touch experience for users of tablets and other applications. The larger-screen solution is an enhancement of existing maXTouch products that provide best-in-class configurability to exceed today's user interface requirements for applications such as tablets. For more information, visit the company's Web site. To see the latest Atmel maXTouch videos, visit the Atmel YouTube Channel or follow Atmel on Twitter.

About TouchSensor
TouchSensor Technologies LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Methode Electronics Inc., is a market leader in solid-state user-interface and fluid sensing products. Since its inception in 1997, TouchSensor products have been successfully used by many of the world's best brands in a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications, with nearly 14 million units sold.

About Atmel
Atmel Corp. is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory, and radio frequency components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions, focused on industrial, consumer security, communications, computing, and automotive markets. Atmel and maXTouch are registered trademarks or trademarks of Atmel Corp.

About Methode Electronics
Methode Electronics Inc. is a global developer of custom-engineered and application-specific products and solutions, with manufacturing, design, and testing facilities in China, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Malta, Mexico, the Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, the UK, and the U.S. It designs, manufactures, and markets devices using electrical, electronic, wireless, radio remote control, sensing, and optical technologies to control and convey signals through sensors, interconnections, and controls. Its business is managed on a segment basis, with those segments being automotive, interconnect, power products, and other. Its components are in the primary end markets of the automobile, computer, information processing and networking equipment, voice and data communication systems, consumer electronics, appliances, aerospace vehicles, and industrial equipment industries.