KYOCERA: TFT-LCDs with Projected Capacitive Touchscreens
Kyocera recently announced three new TFT-LCD displays with projected capacitive (PCAP) touchscreens designed to optimize the user interface in a variety of industrial applications. PCAP touchscreen technology is widely used in smartphone and tablet applications due to its high sensitivity, reliability, and support for multi-touch gestures. PCAP touchscreens require only gentle contact to activate, unlike the hard presses required by resistive touchscreens. Popularized by consumer devices, the technology is now migrating to industrial applications, including medical, manufacturing, avionics, ruggedized PC, test and measurement, and marine markets.
Reportedly, Kyocera will initially offer the PCAP touch solution on its most popular display sizes, including 7.0, 10.4 and 12.1 in. The touchscreen surface features anti-glare and anti-fingerprint treatments for better performance, with the option of either I2C or USB touch interface. All displays incorporate Kyocera’s advanced wide view (AWV) technology, which offers 170-degree viewing angles from any direction.
Kyocera’s constant-current, high-efficiency LED driver circuit is integrated into the LCD module, reportedly providing backlighting with an LED lifetime of 70,000 hours. All three new products feature a standard LVDS interface, wide operating temperature range (-30° to 80°C), and brightness of 800 cd/m2 or higher for outdoor sunlight readability. Users accustomed to the benefits of PCAP touchscreens on smartphones and tablets will enjoy the same experience using commercial and industrial equipment.
“We saw this trend coming, and are pleased to offer a solution to streamline the development process for industrial applications,” said Cynthia Ferrell, vice president of the Display division. “Our new PCAP touchscreens eliminate the need for manufacturers to find both a touchscreen supplier and an integrator to integrate the screen with the display. Kyocera offers a total solution.”
For more information, visit www.kyocera-display.com.