May 24 AT 9:53 AM Taylor Wimberly 24 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S to also feature Atmel maXTouch sensors

As we pointed out several months ago, not all touch screen sensors are created equal. Many first generation Android phones used the older Synaptics ClearPad 2000 sensor, but now handset makers are beginning to transition to the newer Atmel maXTouch.

The Atmel maXTouch sensors (mxt224) offer superior performance and low power consumption. These new sensors recognize an unlimited number of touches, offer faster response times, and have an excellent signal-to-noise ratio.

HTC was the first to implement the maXTouch sensors in their Incredible and EVO phones, but other handset makers are now following suit. Our friends over at Frandroid have confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S will also feature a touch sensor from Atmel. Check out the video after the jump to see their multitouch demonstration.

No U.S. release dates have been announced for the Samsung Galaxy S, but it is expected to launch on all four major carriers. T-Mobile could be first, but I would not be surprised if it appeared on another carrier earlier.

Complete highlights of the Atmel maXTouch solution include:

  • Unlimited touches
  • Low power consumption
  • Fast response – completely redraws screen every 4/1000 of a second (4ms) to eliminate recalibration issues
  • Excellent signal-to-noise ratio for superior precision – 3x better than competitive products
  • Superior performance for first-touch response – 3x better than competitive products
  • Unambiguous, unlimited touch support
  • Responsive user interface: > 250 Hz report rate for a single touch
  • Extremely low current consumption: < 1.8 mW in “touch-ready” state
  • Two touch adjacency of less than 10 mm on a 4.3″ touchscreen
  • Small footprint with few external components
  • Supports stylus, fingernails, and gloves
  • Grip and face suppression functionality: avoids false touches
  • Size and angle of touch supported
  • Screen sizes up to 10.2″ are supported by a single chip
  • Proximity channel support

Source: Frandroid

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  • http://Website Helmore

    I don’t see this as proof that the Samsung Galaxy S will use an Atmel sensor, it’s just proof that the touchscreen on the Galaxy S is better than what’s on the Nexus One. I say this because Samsung has said that the touchscreen layer on their Super AMOLED displays (as used on the Galaxy S and the Wave) is directly integrated into the display itself. That’s one of the reasons why they get better performance from their display when viewed in direct sunlight and it also makes their displays even thinner than AMOLED already was.

    Maybe you should check whether you can get a direct confirmation regarding the kind of touch sensor used in the Galaxy S directly from Samsung. In my view this doesn’t prove that it’s an Atmel based one.

    • http://Website drcopodj

      in a video on youtube, there is an employee of atmel who says that Samsung has used the sensors on the wave and galaxy s.

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        • http://Website anonymous

          You shouldn’t have corrected (or should i say “wronged”) yourself…

          • http://Website Bigriot

            Haha for a second there I thought I’ve been doing it wrong for 30 + years

        • http://Website Slarti

          “their sensors”….

  • http://Website pimpstrong

    Absolutely amazing

  • kleverbear

    I don’t know if to hold out for this or get the nexus. Does any one know if Google/HTC ever updated the touchscreen on the nexus?

    • http://Website kornaire

      no they didnt and they wont….i prefer buying the galaxy s / incredible….

  • http://Website alex

    I hope that when google starts selling the Nexus One through retails they would offer it in differ colors, and with improved specs like better camera, etc..

  • http://Website Daniel

    By the way, that’s NOT a N1 on the left…I believe it’s the new Hero….

  • http://Website Mike

    I believe it’s not a Hero but a Desire.

    • http://Website Garet

      I think you are right its a Desire

  • http://Website Garet

    Why upgrade the camera in the N1 it takes better pics then the Incredible and I will not ever buy another Samsung product until they update the behold 2 I dont need another phone that doesnt get the latest version of android.

    • http://Website JaylanPHNX

      Really? The Galaxy S, from all appearances, is an amazing piece of tech and you refuse to consider it because they didn’t support a bottom-end device that was universally panned by critics and consumers? Rather than waste money on a phone that didn’t sell, they learned from their mistakes, moved on, and made better phones. The biggest difference I see in that video isn’t the touchscreen response, it’s the amazing color and brightness of the screen itself. That alone should make the Galaxy S an option. Beyond that, the Galaxy S is supposed to be Samsung’s flagship phone. It WILL be supported.

      • http://Website Garet

        Well the behold has about the same screen while it is amazing to look at I had very small problems with the behold 2 I just upgraded to the N1 and gave the B2 to my x-wife she is still using it and likes it but it would be better if they would upgrade the software the hardware on the phone is not the problem most people are having problems with if they would just upgrade the software fix some issues it would be a good phone.

  • http://Website Anthony

    Nice phone but once again not stock android which means N1 better due to updates

  • http://Website rainai

    “Supports stylus, fingernails, and gloves”

    Does this mean that it uses a different technology from capacitive screens? Or is the sensor also capacitive but is able to recognize input from a stylus, etc, which “normal” capacitive screens don’t recognize.

    So with galaxy s, you’ll be able to use any other object aside from your fingers/skin?

    • http://Website cloud858rk

      I think that the sensor supports all those features when paired with a touchscreen that also supports those features. So in this case if we assume the Galaxy S has a capacitive touchscreen, features such as using it with gloves wouldn’t work.

  • http://Website alex

    This phone looks awesome, since the Nexus One is coming it should be re-amped.

    Re-amped Nexus One
    *8mp camera
    *Android 2.2
    *Loads of accessories
    *Includes 8/16gb micro SD card expandable to 32gb
    *Promotes t-mobiles Hspa+
    *Camera/video takes 720p HD resolution
    *Xenon Flash
    *Internal storage is 8gb
    *Pre-loaded with Flash 10.1
    *My modes
    *Genius Button instead of search(touch sensitive just replacing search button)
    *Faves Gallery
    *7/8 customizable screen
    *Swype included
    *Super AMOLED screen
    *Also since it’s pratically a tmo exclusive in the US so it should have faves gallery, and the google search button should be replaced with the genus button
    *more features

  • http://Website ari-free

    does this mean better piano apps and something like Ocarina?
    Sounds amazing for game control
    And I would love to bring back the stylus for drawing on the go.

  • http://Website gad

    That is definitely the Desire,cos i own one

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