Cirque Corp. Launches GlideSensor Development Kit

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<p><strong>Salt Lake City &mdash; May 30</strong><br />Cirque Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Alps Electric Co. Ltd. and a provider of the capacitance technology, has launched GlideSensor Development Kit for use in embedded devices.<br /><br />The GlideSensor Development Kit provides a flexible tool set that allows original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to rapidly design and integrate custom touch-input solutions into their latest consumer electronics products. </p><p>GlideSensor touch sensors can take the form of thin films, flexible or rigid panels, irregular shapes and optically clear indium tin oxide (ITO) panels.<br /><br />&quot;We are very excited to bring our new GlideSensor technology to market as an extension of our proven GlidePoint technology,&quot; said Douglas Moore, Cirque vice president. &quot;The GlideSensor Development Kit allows engineers to design products with custom touch-input solutions more rapidly than previously possible. </p><p>&quot;The developer has full support from Cirque to ensure the design process goes smoothly, whether GlideSensor is purchased as a module or as an ASIC component (application-specific integrated circuit).&quot;<br /><br />GlideSensors can be placed behind and sense through most dielectric materials and can quickly be programmed to provide a variety of custom input functions, including text entry, buttons, linear and circular controls, scroll bars and more. </p><p>A complete GlideSensor solution combines a low-power Cirque mixed-mode ASIC controller and a touch-input sensor. </p><p>Interface to the host microcontroller is facilitated through either a serial peripheral interface (SPI) or inter-integrated circuit (I2C) protocol.<br /><br />&quot;We had been researching various capacitive input solutions to complete our line of touch-input devices when we began looking at Cirque,&quot; said Christoph Keist, director of research and development at Abatek Group, a Switzerland-based global marketer and producer of silicone elastomer keypads, assemblies and connectors. &quot;We found that Cirque was very responsive in working with our development efforts, and the GlideSensor Development Kit offered a very fast and simple solution for the prototyping and proof of concept work we needed to do.&quot;<br /><br />Cirque&#39;s GlideSensor Development Kit provides the tools and documentation necessary to introduce the capabilities of GlideSensor touch input and quickly evaluate, design and integrate a touch solution.</p>

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