Long-life Resistive Touch Panels
Fujitsu Components America released production samples of its next-generation, resistive touch panels using an organic conductive polymer material. The custom touch panels are said to offer five times the durability and comparable optical properties of conventional ITO (Indium Tin Oxide)-film panels. This provides a durable touch surface and extends the touch panel’s operational life, especially in repeated-touch applications such as cell phones, PDAs, tablet PCs, instrumentation and other pen-based devices. The panels are also scratch-resistant, sealed and able to withstand harsh chemical and input abuse. These characteristics make them suitable for industrial manufacturing and field equipment, which are typically not served by resistive touch panels. The company is releasing two types of conductive polymer touch panels: a film-film-plastic type (FID-533 Series) and a film-glass type (FID-554 Series). Both types feature 3H surface hardness and demonstrate a minimum mechanical life of 5 million tapping operations and 500,000 writing applications. The conductive polymer panels are manufactured using a simple, inexpensive roll-coating process. This eco-friendly method eliminates harsh chemical processing or investment in large, costly equipment.
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