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Industry veteran joins Peratech, the Touch Technologists, to accelerate the growth of the company

Mon, 05/09/2011 - 7:02am
RICHMOND, North Yorks., England – 9 May 2011. Neil Jarvie, an electronics industry veteran, has joined Peratech, the innovators in touch technology. In his role as Vice President of Sales, Jarvie will be responsible for continuing the development of Peratech’s business that is based on its award winning, patented QTC™ technology (Quantum Tunnelling Composite).

He joins Peratech from Cypress Semiconductor where he worked in Global Account development with major international brands customers for nearly twelve years. These included Sony Ericsson, where his efforts over the past five years will result in seven out of ten Sony Ericsson phones shipping with a Cypress-enabled touch screen in 2011, Nokia and Motorola where he achieved multimillion dollar increases in sales. Jarvie previously headed international account development roles at Rohm and Murata.

“We are delighted that someone with the outstanding industry experience of Neil has recognised the tremendous potential of Peratech and joined us from such a senior position with a major electronics company,” said Philip Taysom, Peratech’s Joint CEO. “His contacts and experience with top international companies over two decades will be instrumental in accelerating the growth of the company.”

Since the announcement of licenses with Nissha and Samsung Electro-Mechanics last year, Peratech has closed a further seven significant licenses, and the company expects to close a further two shortly.

“Peratech has an amazing Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio which means that it owns a complete area of material science,” added Neil Jarvie. “There are so many ways in which QTC can be used throughout the electronics industry to deliver improved performance and, excitingly, make possible devices that could not be made before. Its business is essentially the IP licensing model that has been proven to be rapidly scalable and highly profitable for the likes of ARM and many others. I am really excited by the opportunity to work with this technology and to help grow Peratech into a major international company.”

Peratech is a privately held, British company. It currently has 16 employees with plans to expand to over 25 by the end of 2011. It is profitable with 98% of sales being to overseas customers making it an excellent example of British innovation bringing in global revenue.

About QTC

QTC's are electro-active polymeric materials made from metallic or non-metallic filler particles combined in an elastomeric binder. These enable the action of 'touch' to be translated into an electrical reaction, enabling a vast array of devices to incorporate very thin and highly robust 'sensing' of touch and pressure. QTC’s unique properties enable it to be made into force sensitive switches of any shape or size. QTC switches and switch matrices can be screen printed allowing for development and integration of switches that are as thin as 75 microns.

QTC is also low power and interfaces can be designed with no start resistance so that without pressure, the switch draws no power and passes no current. Importantly, when pressure is applied, the resistance drops in proportion to the amount of pressure which allows sophisticated human machine interface designs that react to variations in pressure. QTC technology has no moving parts and requires no air gap between contacts. This makes it extremely reliable and suitable for integration into the thinnest electronic designs and with industry leading operational life.

About Peratech, the Touch Technologists™

Peratech is the inventor and world leader in Quantum Tunnelling Composite (QTC) technology. Already widely used in robotics and defence, Peratech commercialised its QTC technology at the beginning of 2006 and is currently working with a number of key technology clients who are implementing QTC sensing technology within their own products.

QTC materials give enormous flexibility in the design, shape, thickness and style of a switch or pressure sensor and can be made in a range of elastomeric forms, including emulsive coatings (down to thicknesses of 10 microns), ‘bulk’ silicone or rubber and textile forms. Peratech pioneered the creation of electronic switches made from textiles as early as 2001. QTC has been recognised through numerous International awards and accolades including “Tomorrow’s World Industry Award 2002”, “Saatchi & Saatchi Innovation Award 2000” and “European Electronics Industry Award 2004”.

QTC materials have been used by organisations such as NASA, ILC Dover, Shadow Robotics and numerous government agencies world wide. Peratech also owns SOFTswitch the pioneering creator of textile switching and Eleksen, the world leader in touch sensitive interactive textiles for electronics interface design. Further information is available from www.peratech.com

For further information, please contact Peratech Limited, Old Repeater Station, Brompton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire, DL10 7JH United Kingdom. Tel: +44 (0) 8700 727272 Fax: +44 (0) 8700 727273 Email: info@peratech.com www.peratech.com

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