Cypress Semiconductor unveils single-layer touchscreen sensor ITO

February 28, 2012 — Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ:CY) released a single-layer touchscreen sensor with multitouch capability, the SLIM (Single-Layer Independent Multitouch) sensor. SLIM is a single-substrate, single-layer indium tin oxide (ITO) touchscreen sensor with no additional insulation layers or bridges. It can be deposited directly on the display’s cover glass.

The product targets low-cost, high-accuracy touchscreen phones — including feature phones — with pinch, zoom, flick, drag, and other gesture recognition in capacitive touchscreens. It costs reportedly 40% less than other multi-touch sensors, with a thinner sensor module.

The SLIM sensor pattern can eliminate the requirement for a 2mm side bezel on each side of the end product. Borderless diplay modules using the SLIM touch sensor can use larger displays without changing the phone form factor.

The SLIM sensor is available with Cypress’ Gen4 controllers, among others, with noise immunity for sensor-on-lens configurations that are directly laminated to the display with no shielding or air gaps. Cypress has developed proprietary algorithms that interface with the single-layer sensor. Cypress’s TrueTouch technology also has high signal to noise ratio (SNR), fast refresh rates, low power consumption, and high accuracy and linearity.

Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable electronics products. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at

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