Thin is in, and it does look as though thin is set to stay, too. At the very least, this is the impression that we have from all of the smartphones and tablets that have been released over the past few years. Having said that, Corning (of Gorilla Glass fame) and Atmel have worked together on a new generation of ultra-thin capacitive touchscreens that will not sacrifice form over function – this very same touchscreen will also boast of superior multi-touch performance, where it is meant for next-generation applications.
This particular collaboration would merge Atmel XSense flexible touch sensors with 0.4mm damage-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, where the two of them work hand-in-hand to deliver outstanding capacitive touch performance despite having a thinner flat or curved cover glass. It is because of the unique circuit design of XSense that paves the way for design engineers to draw up ever narrower device borders, so that the user would be able to enjoy a more optimal viewing area. Smartphones and tablets look set to be the immediate beneficiaries from such an arrangement, but we would like to see it applied in other devices such as notebooks, too. What do you think of this new touchscreen display?