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Cypress Raises the Bar on all Measures of Touchscreen Performance with new Gen4 TrueTouch® Controller Line

Last Updated: September 24, 2011

New Family of Devices Delivers Industry's Best Noise Performance, Fastest Refresh Rate, Lowest Power and Highest Accuracy along with a Host of Exclusive Features


SAN JOSE, Calif., September 26, 2011 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today introduced its new Gen4 family of TrueTouch® touchscreen controllers. Gen4 delivers industry-best performance in all categories, including the world's best Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) and unparalleled performance in the presence of all noise sources—the biggest challenge faced by touchscreen designs.

Breakthrough Noise Elimination
The Gen4 family was designed from the ground up to deliver the world's highest SNR in real world applications. It is the first and only touchscreen IC that delivers built-in 10V Tx to drive the touch panel at 10V.  Because SNR is directly proportional to the voltage at which the panel is driven, this feature allows Cypress to offer nearly four times the SNR of the next closest competitor.  

The Gen4 family further raises the SNR bar as the first touchscreen device family to completely eliminate display noise in hardware. Gen4's patent-pending Display Armor™ offers unprecedented immunity to noise from every type of display, even low cost noisy displays such as ACVCOM LCDs. This allows touchscreen designers to make their products thinner by removing the air gap between the display and the sensor, and also less expensive by removing the shield layer in the sensor. Display Armor allows Gen4 to operate seamlessly with direct lamination, on-cell and in-cell stackups, regardless of the display chemistry.

“Customers have told us again and again that delivering flawless performance in the presence of noise is the biggest design hurdle they face," said Dhwani Vyas, vice president of Cypress's User Interface Business Unit. “Our Gen4 family with 10V Tx offers a quantum leap in performance in noise, including display noise that is often the most difficult to overcome. We are confident that competitive offerings will have a hard time meeting this performance."

“We forecast that the touchscreen module market will grow over 200% in the next several years, reaching $23 billion in 2017," said Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, Vice President, Emerging Display Technologies at DisplaySearch. "From our market research, it's apparent that projected capacitive touchscreen performance in the presence of electric noise is an important consideration. The controller ICs that could support add-on touch sensors as well as both on-cell and in-cell technologies with LCD displays will be very attractive."

World's Fastest and Lowest Power Touchscreen Controller
In addition to unmatched noise performance, the Gen4 product family offers the industry's fastest refresh rate of 400Hz, and has the unique ability to scan a capacitive touch panel at 1,000 Hz – both industry-best metrics. This level of performance is enabled by the 32-bit ARM® Cortex™ core at the heart of the Gen4 products. The Gen4 family enables unlimited touch performance, while providing the industry's best accuracy and linearity of 0.2 mm. Gen4 offers these features while boasting the world's lowest active power consumption of 2 mW, and a deep sleep mode that only draws 1.8 uW with wake-up via address match on the COM port.

Gen4 also offers more capacitive sensing IO than the competition, while still fitting into the world's smallest touchscreen packages. With up to 40 IO for mobile phone applications, Gen4 can support up to four standalone CapSense® buttons while still delivering ideal sensor pitch for up to 5-inch screens.

The Gen4 family also offers features that only TrueTouch can deliver, including waterproofing functionality that allows products to meet IP-67 standards; 1-mm stylus support for Asian character sets and accurate handwriting capture; and hover sensing to provide mouseover-like features and true fingernail or thick-glove support in mobile devices. Cypress's unique, patent-pending ability to switch dynamically between self-capacitive and mutual-capacitive sensing methods in application enables these differentiating features. Cypress now has over 250 issued and pending patents pertaining to touchscreens. More information, including multiple videos, is available at

“Our TrueTouch solution has been extremely successful based on its advanced feature set and ability to combat the multiple sources of noise in touch design," said Norm Taffe, executive vice president of Cypress's Consumer and Computation Division. “The Gen4 family extends our leadership in these areas and adds unmatched performance that our customers around the world have asked for. These customers are excited to develop the next generation of touchscreens using this technology."

Touchscreen Leadership
Cypress's touch sensing portfolio is the industry's broadest and most well adopted, encompassing both TrueTouch and CapSense® solutions. The Gen4 family is the latest in a string of touchscreen firsts from Cypress, the acknowledged industry leader in touch sensing. Examples include:

  • Cypress was the first to deliver tracking of unlimited touches.
  • Cypress was the first to deliver a true single-layer sensor solution for capacitive performance at resistive prices.
  • The new Gen4 family, as well as prior generations, is offered in the world's smallest CSP packages for important space savings in handsets.
  • Cypress is still the only company to offer the patent-pending self and mutual capacitance sensing on the same chip, enabling the development of advanced features like waterproofing, support for 1mm stylus, and hover without increased material or spatial costs.
  • Designed to work with major mobile platforms, including Android and Windows® 8.


Samples of the new Gen4 controllers are now available to lead customers. Cypress expects to deliver volume production to lead customers by the end of 2011. The family will be available in a 44-pin 5x5 QFN with 31 sense I/Os, a 48-lead 6x6 QFN package with 35 sense I/Os, a 49-ball WLCSP package with 36 sense I/Os, and a 60-ball WLCSP package with 40 sense I/Os. The WLCSP (Wafer-Level Chip-Scale Packages) devices have a footprint of only 3.8 mm x 3.8 mm, the smallest touchscreen controllers available. More information, including multiple videos, is available at

About TrueTouch
Cypress's TrueTouch technology provides the industry's best noise immunity, highest signal to noise ratio (SNR), fastest refresh rates, lowest power consumption, and world's best accuracy and linearity. The flexible TrueTouch solution allows customers to rapidly develop leading-edge solutions without having to buy turnkey modules. They have a choice of using touch sensors (glass or film) and LCDs from preferred partners, and can develop innovative mechanical designs ranging from flat to curved surfaces of varying thickness. In addition, TrueTouch devices offer Cypress's legendary noise immunity with patented capacitive sensing technology that enables flawless operation in noisy RF and LCD environments. Additional TrueTouch information is available at

About Cypress

Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC® programmable system-on-chip families and derivatives such as PowerPSoC® solutions for high-voltage and LED lighting applications, CapSense® touch sensing and TrueTouch solutions for touchscreens. Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, including the high-performance West Bridge® solution that enhances connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress is also a leader in high-performance memories and programmable timing devices. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at

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