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TouchNetix Axiom chip redefines screen based user interactions

TouchNetix

THE AXIOM MULTI-FUNCTION UI CONTROLLER CHIP

The aXiom user interface chips revolutionise the way that users interact with capacitive touchscreens and simplify the design process for engineers. Their aXiom chip family is the first UI controller technology to deliver 80dB Signal to Noise Ration, 100x that of their competitors, powering your products to perform flawlessly in even the most demanding environments and applications.

Superior Signal to Noise Ratio

SNR is the key to unlocking new features and ideas for UI’s which have only been dreamed of to this point. Fixed or varying thickness 3D-surfaces of 15mm of plastic or more and even air gaps in the stack are possible due to the aXiom chip’s unique sensing performance.


TouchNetix’s unique sensing methodology is what allows them to deliver superior SNR performance without the need for high voltage drivers. It gives you all the design margin you need to make your touchscreen designs a snap. It gives you the ability to sense impossibly small signals that are associated with gloves, hover, proximity sensing, thick lenses, and more.

Proximity

Proximity features can allow a user to interact at a kiosk or info terminal without having to actually touch the surface. aXiom can enable features like Air Swipe and Air Touch to enable a truly touchless user experience in public environments. Proximity can also be used for saving power. Users can keep the display turned off until someone approaches, and then with the wave of the hand can turn it on.


Hover

For years capacitive touch controllers have tried to implement hover technology, but they simply didn’t have a suitable signal. Hover is now possible thanks to aXiom’s unique sensing technology which allows you to highlight icons prior to touch or expand them when there are too many to touch in a small space. This ground-breaking development opens up a world of possibilities for your future GUI designs.

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Force-Sensing

Force-sensing on capacitive touchscreens is becoming critical in automotive applications. It’s needed in systems where the user is at risk from distraction or where confirmation of user intent is required. TouchNetix aXiom user interface chips have native support for concurrent touch & force sensing which, coupled with TouchNetix proprietary force-sensing technology provides a highly accurate, reproducible, and reliable result.


Our force-sensing technology opens up new applications for capacitive touch by adding mouse-over type functionality, providing an ‘extra layer’ of certainty of the users intent.

Haptics

One of the biggest requests users have when it comes to capacitive touch is to be able to feel the screen. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Sometimes it’s a vibration or a pressing sensation, but it can also be an audible response. This is known as haptics.


One of the keys to implementing haptics correctly so that the user perceives that it is associated with their touch is to have a minimal delay to the user from touch to haptic response. To achieve this the touch controller must have built in haptic functionality which comes as standard with the aXiom chip family.

HARSH ENVIRONMENTS

Freezing Cold

In cold environments, taking off your gloves to use a touchscreen is a major inconvenience, if not, an impossibility. aXiom enables users to keep even the thickest ski gloves on while using their touchscreen. aXiom is so impressive that it can even sense your fingers while wearing thick motorcycle gloves with water on the screen.


Wet or Damp

Capacitive touchscreens have notoriously struggled to work with any form of water on the screen. Whether it is sweat, rain water, salt water, or other moisture on the screen has made touchscreen interaction extremely difficult. Until now!


With aXiom’s unique sensing mechanisms, it can detect water on the screen and ignore it. aXiom also tracks your finger flawlessly, even when your screen is covered in water! This makes aXiom the ideal touchscreen controller chip for all marine applications, or anyone operating in challenging environments.

Close-up image of TouchNetix Axiom UI controller chip
Dial on Display

Touchscreens are intuitive and simple to use interfaces but, occasionally, tactile manual controls like a rotary knob offer greater precision for finer adjustments. ‘Dial on Display’ is another aXiom feature set which enables mechanical knobs to work in conjunction with the touchscreen, crucially without even making contact with the screen which provides fantastic reliability, perfect for automotive applications. These dials can also be back illuminated so light shines through the centre of the dial - a cool design feature.

The only limit is imagination

aXiom’s analogue front-end means that any IO can be either Tx or Rx which means the shape and size of your screen is not restricted. Whatever your GUI application contact us to see how aXiom from TouchNetix can transform your user experience.

Image of Axiom powered touchscreen interaction in an automotive environment
Image demonstrating force-sensing gesture delivered by Axiom UI controller chip
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