Methuen, MA – April 7, 2008 – When display integrators or device manufacturers
develop interactive touch products, they require electronics engineered to meet
their need for fast, accurate and reliable touch response. To help meet these requirements,
3M Touch Systems today introduces two new capacitive touch sensor controllers based
on its industry-leading MicroTouch EX II electronics platform. These new MicroTouch
EX II 7000 series USB controllers, when mated with MicroTouch ClearTek II and ToughTouch
II capacitive touch sensors, provide integrators with high-performance, easy-to-integrate
touch electronics, as well as featuring enhanced levels of CRFI (Conducted Radio
Frequency Immunity), “Wake-on-Touch” functionality, and increased MTBF specifications
to greater than 700k hours.
EX II 7000 series USB controllers now offer enhanced CRFI levels to help reduce
the chance that other system electronics or communication/power lines will impact
the touch system’s performance, and can help product developers shorten their design
cycles and create more robust products.
Also, these controllers now support the “USB suspend mode” which enables “wake-on-touch”
functionality. When a system in suspend mode is activated by a touch, wake-on-touch
restores the entire system to full power mode and operation. This enhanced function
allows developers to power manage their systems to help customers reduce energy
consumption, as well as extend the life of critical system components, such as the
“As a touch industry leader, 3M is committed to providing customers with the best
touch components available in the market,” says Chris Tsourides, business unit manager,
3M Touch Systems. “These enhanced EX II USB controllers make the industry-leading
ClearTek II capacitive touch system even more robust and versatile to meet customer
The specifics on these new MicroTouch 7000 series USB controllers are:
- The EX II 7730HC USB controller features fully-compliant USB HID electronics and
firmware, which allow the touch system to be used without installing a touch driver.
For customers or applications that do not require the sophisticated touch mode selections
and multi-monitor features of the MicroTouch MT7 software package, this HID solution
is ideal for easy system integration and maintenance.
- The EX II 7760UC USB controller provides integrators already using MicroTouch EX
II electronics with these new robust features and is backward compatible to support
existing product lines and programs.
3M Touch Systems provides fast, reliable and accurate touch products to customers
worldwide under the “MicroTouch” brand. Popular interactive applications include
casino gaming, retail point of sale, foodservice, hospitality, self-service, mobile
handheld, and interactive signage. For more information about MicroTouch products,
A high-resolution photo of the MicroTouch EX II 7000 Series USB controller is available
by contacting Jane Kovacs, 3M Public Relations, 512-984-6747,
About 3M Touch Systems, Inc.
3M Touch Systems Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of 3M, operates globally and reports
through the 3M Electro and Communications Business, headquartered in Austin, TX.
For more information visit www.3M.com/touch01.
A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative
products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s core strength is applying its more
than 40 distinct technology platforms – often in combination – to a wide array of
customer needs. With $23 billion in sales, 3M employs 75,000 people worldwide and
has operations in more than 60 countries. For more information, including the latest
product and technology news, visit www.3M.com
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For media inquiries, contact Jane Kovacs, 3M Public Relations, (651) 733-6582, http://www.3m.com/PressContact
For all other inquiries, visit www.3M.com/touch
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