Proximity capacitive touch sensor platform focuses on TV applications

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The device is designed to easily replace legacy mechanical button controllers with an analog output interface (AOI) that supports the use of a buzzer for audible feedback making the platform fully compatible with a wide range of television designs.

The capacitive analog interface on the SX8660/61 ICs is designed with a highly accurate analog-to-digital converter (ADC) that provides superior sensitivity to work with thick overlay materials (up to 5 mm) for extremely robust ESD immunity and to support a long, 10 cm range of proximity detection. With current consumption as low as 70 µA at operation, these ICs help designers meet the latest energy-efficiency eco-regulations for televisions.

The SX8660/61 platform also integrates eight, 256-step LED drivers with individual intensity (linear or logarithmic) fading control that is optimized for human vision. This allows design of buttons that automatically fade on when touched and fade off when released, with interval speed and initial and final light intensity levels set by the designer. Special single and continuous breathing modes are also available to enhance visual feedback to the user.

The SX8660/61 platform further simplifies capacitive touch control design and reduces time-to-market with integrated, multi-time programmable firmware that enables users to customize various parameters such as scan time, slave address, channel gain and sensitivity thresholds in their applications, without the need for new firmware development. Additionally, dedicated capacitive sense inputs eliminate the need for external resistors and capacitors, reducing design footprint, bill of materials (BOM) and complexity.

The SX8661 offers a preconfigured quick-start mode for applications requiring proximity sensing and seven buttons, with one AOI and seven LED drivers with PWM fading. The SX8660 is preconfigured with a quick-start mode for applications with eight buttons, two AOIs, one buzzer output and five LED drivers with PWM fading. The GPIOs can also be individually configured for specific application requirements. Both devices feature a smart automatic offset compensation function that eliminates false triggers due to environmental factors such as temperature, humidity and dust. They are offered in a 4 mm x 4 mm 28-QFN package and are guaranteed to operate over an extended (-40 to +85°C) temperature range.

Availability and Pricing

The eight-channel SX8660 and SX8661 are available in production quantities and are priced at $0.98 and $1.37 respectively in 3,000-piece lots. Semtech offers comprehensive design assistance, including field- and factory-based support.

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