Customized capacitive switch, prox sensing solutions

Capacitive switch and proximity sensing solutions can be used on appliances, home automation and ruggedized industrial applications.
By Plant Engineering Staff October 21, 2008

CapSense technology capacitive switch and proximity sensors

CapSense technology capacitive switch and proximity sensing solutions, based on Cypress Semiconductor Corp.’s PSoC chip architecture, can be used on next-generation appliances, medical equipment, fitness equipment, gaming and vending machines, commercial, automotive, point-of-sale terminals, home automation and security as well as ruggedized industrial applications.

A single capacitive assembly can replace dozens of mechanical switches and controls with a touch-sensitive interface; the solution supports touch screens and proximity sensing. They can also be more reliable than their mechanical counterparts because of resistance to environmental wear-and-tear from temperature change and moisture.

The capacitive designs can be customized with discrete switch buttons, rotary and linear sliders and track pads. Circuit substrate options are available, including rigid FR4, flexible polyimide and flexible polyester for multidimensional designs. Unique backlighting and varied cosmetic options are also available.

Molex Inc.

www.molex.com/link/capacitivesensing.html