Microchip Technology’s new touchscreen controllers make smart appliances even smarter

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Microchip Technology’s new touchscreen controllers make smart appliances even smarter
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The introduction of wireless connectivity to the home appliance sector is predicted to become a massive growth driver this decade. According to Statista, the market, currently valued at $28.46 billion, will climb to $67.49 billion by 2025.

As the technological innovation becomes more prevalent, leading electronic components companies will develop parts to make white goods safer and more dependable.

For example, Microchip Technology recently unveiled a new capacitive touchscreen controller that can make smart appliances even smarter.

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Microchip’s MXT336UD-MAUHA1 Touchscreen Controllers

As an industry-leading vendor, Microchip is renowned for regularly introducing gaming-changing new human-machine interface components. The firm’s maXtouch 2911-node Touchscreen Controllers give carmakers the ability to build precision autonomous vehicle systems. Similarly, its USB7002 Smart Hub ICs lets designers make automobile cockpits into comfortable infotainment spaces.

Microchip’s maXtouch MXT336UD-MAUHA1 Touchscreen Controllers applies that same innovative methodology to smart appliances. The new chips enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to introduce new products with two key safety features.

First, their design allows OEMs to create user-friendly touchscreen appliance shut off buttons. As the components meet European and U.S. safety standards, those new buttons can replace traditional external safety switches. Second, the MXT336UD-MAUHA1 lineup feature self-testing capabilities that will trigger an automatic shutdown in the event of an interface or device failure.

On their face, Microchip’s latest innovation appears to possess a significant drawback. If a smart appliance has a touchscreen shutdown button, owners could unintentionally activate it while cleaning. However, the firm’s skilled engineers anticipated this problem and developed a solution.

The MXT336UD-MAUHA1 controllers know to ignore false interactions that occur when owners use popular cleaning supplies on their white goods. The components have the capability to detect multi-finger touches even if a user’s hands are in 5mm thick gloves.

Better and Safer Smart Stoves and Washing Machines

In the last few decades, advances in electronic components technology have made life easier, safer, and more comfortable. But for those without an engineering background, it can be hard to understand how individual part innovation contributes to holistic improvements. However, Microchip’s MXT336UD-MAUHA1 controllers have direct applications for commonly smart appliances.

For example, let’s say an OEM introduces a state-of-the-art electric range that features Microchip’s innovative controllers. Because of that component’s inclusion, the stove will shut down if its interface’s glass shell is shattered. That means the new oven does not require owner intervention to go dark if a cooktop fire breaks out.

Microchip’s latest controllers make home appliances safer
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For families looking to hazard-proof their kitchens, that automatic function will carry a lot of weight.

Similarly, OEMs can use the MXT336UD-MAUHA1 series to make smart laundry room appliances equipped with anti-flooding safeguards. Their next-generation programming will direct a washing machine to shut down if a device failure happens. Since the product’s emergency deactivation procedure includes a safe draining protocol, it will keep water from spilling on the floor.

Put simply, Microchip’s MXT336UD-MAUHA1 touchscreen controllers give smart appliances the ability to stop bad situations from escalating into disasters.

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