maxTouch Extractor

maxTouch Extractor

Fast capacitance extraction platform for touch screens. A huge part of my work for Atmel Corp.

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OlegZero13

March 05, 2017
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  1. Research experience Oleg Żero Investigation of edge-effects. Developing fast capacitance-extraction

    platform for touch-screen applications. CTO technology group Atmel Corporation.
  2. A part of Atmel’s portfolio was QTouch – touch detection

    platform using a microcontroller unit. All hardware and software was in place, however, too little was understood about the underlying physics! One year as application engineer Oleg Żero I was getting started again. +5V local (PCB) ground C0 Human – Earth coupling Touch – intended coupling Circuit – Earth coupling (grounding) Human coupling to local ground (unintended) DC picture That was opportunity!
  3. One year as application engineer Oleg Żero I was doing

    ”undercover” research. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 sensitivity S[%] 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 0,0 0,1 0,2 0,3 0,4 0,5 0,6 0,7 0,8 0,9 1,0 sensitivity S[%] ’squareness’ parameter p [a.u.] Influence of the electrode’s shape on sensitivity Fill factor relative to 1 cm2 area footprint – FF [%]
  4. Building maxTouch Extractor Oleg Żero It turned out the whole

    corporation has a problem... Drawing each time a new pattern is drawn Solving time Drastic scaling with model size. From ~1.5 h to 1 week on large problems. Setting up required to update every boundary coondition, assign the parameters... Pre-processing Manual work Resources Using 48 CPUs on LSF not uncommon. Computation Data collection Large amount of data to handle. Formulating plots, graphs and reports takes time. Data analysis No inspection of physical qunatities such as electric fields or potential. Could they give us some hints? License cost Puts further limits on concurrent users. Post-processing Manual work 1-2 days 5-8 h ~1 day
  5. Building maxTouch Extractor Oleg Żero And I began to be

    the solution provider. I created a quick extraction platrom for anyone to use.
  6. Building maxTouch Extractor Oleg Żero It demonstrated to be useful.

    I created a quick extraction platrom for anyone to use. APP Server APP APP model LSF 1 license per seat up to 4 apps per seat 1 license – unlimited CPUs new app / update 1 full FNL Deployment scheme: APP Client Standard FNL NOK 169 900 GBP 13 761 AC/DC Module NOK 89 900 GBP 7 281 LiveLink to MATLAB NOK 35 900 GBP 2 908 Standard (FNL): NOK 259 980 GBP 21 059 Application: NOK 25 980 GBP 2 106 unit license list price per year:
  7. Building maxTouch Extractor Oleg Żero We started observing new patterns

    and behaviours. Stylus-X: A B Γ Δ A A B Γ Δ A Stylus-Y: A B Γ Δ A A B Γ Δ A A Γ Δ We can observe shift in sensitivity peak (edge-to-edge interaction). needle stylus needle stylus needle stylus Shaft Diam. 0.1 mm 3 mm Tip Diam. 0.05 mm 2.5 mm Tip Angle Z distance 45 deg 0.05 mm 45 deg 0.05 mm needle stylus X1 Y1 A B Γ Δ
  8. Building maxTouch Extractor Oleg Żero Got my colleagues to conduct

    experiments together. Sample (Stig Larssen) Measurements (Steinar Myren) Model 275 150 150 4455 4455 X-line Y-line
  9. Building maxTouch Extractor Oleg Żero Got my colleagues to conduct

    experiments together. 4x4 – pattern using all approximations Practically no degradation to the results! All lines overlap. Self-Cap measurement and extraction comparison Self-Cap measurement and extraction comparison