LONDON Renesas Electronics America Inc. and Immersion Corp. have collaborated to provide a system-level solution that enables designers of consumer electronics; white goods; and medical, building automation and office equipment to integrate haptic [touch] feedback in product designs.
Immersion's TouchSense technology provides programmable haptic feedback using a modular approach based on Renesas microcontrollers. A demonstration of the solution will be available in Renesas Electronics America's booth (#2002) at Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley at the McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, California, April 27 to 29.
TouchSense offers a library of vibro-tactile haptic effects for touch surfaces and touch screens, enabling advanced user interfaces. Touch screen usage models include simple button clicks, differentiated button haptics, or haptics for scroll lists and gestures, restoring "feel" to the interface.
"Renesas Electronics America's desire to stay a step ahead, and its established focus on interface technologies, makes it an ideal company to join forces with," said Craig Vachon, senior vice president and general manager of Immersion. "Offering our haptics technology at the semiconductor level from a true world player significantly simplifies integration and procurement for OEMs. This will drive innovation and make it easier for customers to transform user experiences by incorporating the power of touch feedback."
"To address the market demand for better user experiences, we are combining Renesas Electronics' advanced technologies with Immersion's haptic solutions to enable the development of next-generation human-machine interfaces," said Ritesh Tyagi, director of microcontroller products and solutions marketing, Consumer and Industrial Business Unit, Renesas Electronics America. "Immersion's haptics capability is a natural fit for Renesas Electronics' new line of hardware-assisted capacitive-touch microcontrollers and TFT-LCD graphic solutions, which are geared for a wide range of markets such as white goods, medical and consumer products."