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Atmel Expands Into Rapidly Growing Ultrabook And Notebook Markets With New Windows 8 Certified MXT3432S

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Atmel ® Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, today announced it is shipping the maXTouch ® S Series touchscreen controllers designed for the rapidly growing Ultrabook™ and notebook markets. Building upon the success of the maXTouch S Series, the new Windows 8 Certified Atmel mXT3432S is a touchscreen controller with a small footprint optimized for touchscreens up to 17.3 inches.

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As a co-engineering collaborator with Microsoft, Atmel has helped develop high performance touchscreen specifications to support prominent features of Windows 8. These include first-touch latency, finger separation, and support for up to 10 simultaneous touches on the screen as well as edge gestures.

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are demanding touch integration into Ultrabooks and notebooks. The move to thinner, lighter devices with larger touchscreens requires higher noise immunity due to the adoption of shieldless sensors, as well as more data processing due to higher node count. The mXT3432S enables designers to develop a new class of touch-optimized products that meet their design requirements. The new controller is designed to meet the requirements of  Windows 8, and also supports Linux and Android.

The mXT3432S is Atmel's first touch controller for Ultrabooks and notebooks featuring patented technologies. Atmel's patented noise immunity technology ensures robust performance with various chargers in noisy environments. Atmel also offers a technology that allows the use of thinner and lighter touch sensors that do not require an extra indium tin oxide (ITO) shielding layer, reducing thickness and cost to help system designers create thinner, lighter and larger Ultrabooks and notebooks. These two technologies also result in the industry's highest signal-to-noise ratio, enabling mXT3432S controller-based Ultrabooks and notebooks to deliver high-performance touch capabilities.

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