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Calculating the Resolution for CY8C21x34 CapSense CSD - KBA82521

Last Updated: January 31, 2013

How do you calculate the resolution of a capacitive touch sensing application designed using the CY8C21x34 CapSense® CSD?


Resolution is equal to the inverse of sensitivity. Sensitivity is calculated using the following formula:


Counts = Digital capacitance measurement result returned by the User Module
N = Resolution of the User Module
RB = Bleed resistor value
FSW-AVG = Average switching frequency of the sensor
RefVal = Reference value of the User Module

For example, given the following User Module settings:

N = 14
RB = 10 kΩ
FSW-AVG = 375 kHz (Prescaler = 15)
RefVal = 0

Resolution = 0.00543 pF

Note: Although the calculation indicates that a change as small as 0.00543 pF can be detected, raw-count noise limits the use of such high resolution. CapSense is not recommended for measuring absolute capacitances.

Note: The “sensitivity” calculated above is the capacitive measurement module sensitivity, not the system sensitivity to button/sensor activation.

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