SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 14, 2014) - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY), the market leader in capacitive touch-sensing, today announced TechInsights' Teardown.com has found that the new Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini smartphone employs a Cypress TrueTouch® Gen5 touchscreen controller. The teardown of the Galaxy S5 Mini identifies that the Cypress TMA545 controller drives the touchscreen and notes that the Cypress controller replaced competing controllers used in the design of the previous Galaxy S4 Mini and S3 Mini smartphones.
The Galaxy S5 Mini takes advantage of advanced features of the Gen5 solution, including gloved-finger tracking and "hover" functionality. Gen5 delivers accurate navigation of touchscreens even through thick gloves, greatly improving user convenience. It tracks up to 10 fingers in thin gloves and two fingers with thicker gloves, such as those used by skiers. The solution's hover feature enables the Galaxy S5 Mini to anticipate the touch of a finger and enlarge content such as points on a map or the font of tiny website links to make them easier to find and select.
"This design win is another indication of the strong momentum that our TrueTouch Gen5 touchscreen controller family is generating with top OEMs and throughout our customer base," said Hassane El-Khoury, executive vice president of Cypress's Programmable Systems Division. "Gen5 is winning due to its unique combination of top sensitivity, noise immunity and advanced features, such as support for glove touch, hover and waterproofing."
Teardown.com's Product Manager Stacy Wegner attributes the design win to Cypress addressing an increasing trend in providing a better touch interaction across multiple environmental variables. "When we discovered the Cypress TrueTouch controller in the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini, we viewed it as validation of Samsung's commitment to bring advanced touch features across its line of products," said Wegner.
With Cypress's unique and patented DualSense™ technology to execute both self-capacitance and mutual-capacitance measurements in the same device, the Gen5 family offers the industry's best waterproofing for seamless performance in real-world conditions, including the presence of rain, condensation, or sweat. By combining this powerful architecture with an industry leading 32-bit ARM® Cortex™ M-Core processor that is known for high-efficiency MIPS/mW, Gen5 controllers boast 120-Hz refresh rates and low power consumption. Gen5 controllers drive the touchscreen at 10V and at high frequency with narrow-band, single-pass scanning and advanced hardware DSP filtering.
Electronic noise from displays and after-market chargers can disrupt a touchscreen's ability to operate properly. The TrueTouch Gen5 family's ChargerArmor™ feature delivers unprecedented 40 volt peak-to-peak (Vpp) charger noise immunity measured from 1 to 500 kHz with an ultra-thin 0.5-mm cover lens and a finger-size up to 22 mm -- the most stringent specifications used to measure any touchscreen controller. No competing controllers deliver noise immunity over 15 Vpp under these conditions. The unique features of TrueTouch are backed by an industry-leading portfolio of more than 100 capacitive touch sensing patents.
Cypress's TrueTouch technology provides the industry's best noise immunity, highest SNR, best waterproofing, fastest refresh rates, lowest power consumption, and world's best accuracy and linearity. The flexible TrueTouch solution allows customers to rapidly develop leading-edge solutions without having to buy turnkey modules. They have a choice of using touch sensors (glass or film) and LCDs from preferred partners, and can develop innovative mechanical designs ranging from flat to curved surfaces of varying thickness. The patented capacitive sensing technology of TrueTouch devices offers robust noise immunity that enables flawless operation in noisy RF and LCD environments. Additional TrueTouch information is available at touch.cypress.com.
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Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC® 1, PSoC 3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP programmable system-on-chip families. Cypress is the world leader in capacitive user interface solutions including CapSense touch sensing, TrueTouch touchscreens, and trackpad solutions for notebook PCs and peripherals. Cypress is a world leader in USB controllers, which enhance connectivity and performance in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM and nonvolatile RAM memories. Cypress serves numerous major markets, including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at www.cypress.com.
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