Sep 27 AT 12:52 PM Taylor Wimberly 7 Comments

Samsung selects Atmel maXTouch for Galaxy Tab Android tablet

When I got to go hands-on with the Galaxy Tab earlier this month, I found it had one of the most responsive touch screens I have ever used on a tablet. At the time no one could tell me what touch sensor was being used, but thanks to a new press release we have discovered Samsung chose the popular Atmel maXTouch solution.

As we discovered earlier this year not all touch screen sensors are created equal, but Atmel offers the best in the industry. We first saw Atmel sensors when HTC began using maXTouch for the Incredible and EVO and then Samsung also chose them for their Galaxy S lineup.

“The Atmel maXTouch solution offers higher performance, better accuracy, faster response times and lower power than competing solutions to provide a better user experience. Its true unlimited touch functionality and faster performance enable advanced features including rejection of unintended touches, multi-touch stretch/pinch and rotate gestures, and handwriting recognition on larger form factor screens.”

Atmel claims the Galaxy Tab is the first of many tablets to use this solution, so I expect we will see it inside whatever HTC and Motorola are working on. To see Atmel’s latest maXTouch videos, visit the Atmel YouTube Channel at or follow Atmel on Twitter @atmelcorporatio.

Complete highlights of the single-chip touch 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: PRNewswire

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  • ExtremeT

    I really can’t wait to get one of these bad boys. The stats just keep getting better and better.

  • anakin78z

    Since it mentions stylus support, does anyone know where one could get a compatible stylus?

  • http://Website deedend

    This is the same screen of the Galaxy S, I want to try to use it with a stylus or with gloves!

  • http://Website alex

    hopefully the mytouch hd will have this :D

  • http://Website D.J.

    Two questions about these touchscreens for people who have them on their phones.

    First, how is it in use? One thing that pisses me off about my Motorola DROID is that the touchscreen is a little less accurate than I would like and it does this thing when scrolling where the screen will flip out and hyper scroll up or down depending on how I was scrolling before. Do the MaxTouch screens fix this, or is this an Android specific issue?

    Second, what U.S. phones have the MaxTouch screens again? Is it the Evo, Incredible, and Galaxy S line? Does the DROID X or DROID 2 have them?

  • Jonathan

    Several US Phonese have MaxTouch. Evo, Incredible, & Galaxy S have them. The Droid X does also. I believe the Droid and Droid 2 are using Atmel’s previous version of touch screens.

  • Angel

    i agree and i strongly tell: Price too elevated for some two deceptions: Rear camera is only 3 Megapixels, HTC EVO 4G ALSO HTC Desire have 8 Megapixels camera. Second deception is battery charge last 4 hours! They tell 7 but benchmark tets say 6 and WHEN WI-FI and BLUETOOTH ON drop to only 4 hours. No interchangeable battery, the battery is built inside and no access! Apart is interesting and i will buy, but many wont be able for so elevated price and as you said, after 1 year, nobody will want more than $350. at ebay! It does not keep value as HTC, Sony, HP. Mr. Samsung read me, don’t joust travel! Make a surprising Rollback price drop…You’ll sell MILLIONS and helping poor people to use it to work with as i do, i work on computers for printer company i built Posters and CD/DVD producer. So, more sales, for less high price. More expensive make stealers! ALL GPS were stealed…now prices dropped and few stolen and more people don’t lost there way, and less pollution for easyer fing there destination and more time having for be in family! You must think that, i would merit to be president of Samsung! Maybe if he reag me…or he’s lost for no GPS! LOL! Take the life as a game, we’re actors and God like to see how inteligent we are. Enjoy life.