Microchip’s touchscreen technology will facilitate autonomous car deployment


Not long ago, genuinely autonomous vehicles seemed like far-off future technology or pure Hollywood fiction. However, recent technological and legislative breakthroughs have made commercial self-driving cars a near-term reality.

Moreover, Microchip Technology’s groundbreaking maXTouch 2911-node Touchscreen Controllers can help realize the widespread adoption of driverless personal transports.

Microchip’s maXTouch 2911-node Touchscreen Controllers

Despite sharing base technologies, self-driving cars are not an evolution of advanced driver assistance systems. Indeed, automobile artificial intelligence will replace rather than aid human operators.

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As such, carmakers are developing autonomous vehicles without unnecessary components like steering wheels, instrument gauges, and pedals. But to facilitate the transition from driver and passenger, manufacturers’ next-generation automobiles need innovative and intuitive new interfaces. That’s where Microchip’s ATMXT2912TD-A touchscreen controllers come in.

When combined with a high-performance CPU, the semiconductor firm’s components enable the function of 20-inch touchscreen cockpit displays. Featuring up to 2911 nodes, the maXTouch controllers provide support for capacitive interfaces which can sense 16 concurrent points of contact in real-time.

Besides, the ATMXT2912TD-A has false touch protection that extends 22 mm in diameter. That is to say, interfaces built with Microchip’s controllers won’t freak out if someone accidentally slaps their entire palm on the cockpit panel.

Furthermore, Microchip crafted its touchscreen controllers for use in the real world. Accordingly, the ATMXT2912TD-A will recognize user contact even if the passenger is wearing heavy winter gloves. Besides, the firm’s automotive interface chipsets are sophisticated enough to tell the difference between a splash of rain and a human fingertip.

The firm’s maXTouch chips have the crucial level of precision consumers will demand before taking their hands off the wheel.

Third Place Personal Transports

The semiconductor company’s single-chip maXTouch provides auto engineers with the agreement they need to create truly next-generation cockpit displays.

In today’s smart cars, automobile interfaces display mapping information, incoming calls, and media player information. But in fully autonomous vehicles, they’ll need a higher level of functionality and interactivity. For consumers to accept a personal transportation paradigm where machine intelligence is in control, self-driving cars must be safe and comfortable.

Family transports will need cockpit panels that double as lag-free high-definition video screens and video game monitors. Similarly, robo-taxi interfaces will need to recognize hastily typed addresses. Vacationers will want trip duration time, points of interest, and road condition information data at a glance. Also, commuter vehicles will need to reroute seamlessly when a rider taps a request for an after-work Big Mac.

With its large size screen support and under 20-millisecond initial touch latency, the ATMXT2912TD-A can facilitate those functions.

Therefore, automakers that utilize Microchip’s maXTouch controllers can make their vehicles “third places.” Free from driving responsibility, next-generation car passengers can treat their transports as mobile offices or autonomous living spaces. Consequently, third place travelers will be able to lead more productive days and enjoy road rage free nights.

Because of the diligence and ingenuity of firms like Microchip, third place personal transports are no longer confined to science fiction movies like “Minority Report.” In fact, the first generation of such vehicles will be rolling out of auto plants within the decade.


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