Input Module Combines Five-Way Rocker and Scrollwheel Functionality with Two Analog Cursor Control Modes
Avago Technologies announced a thin ultra-compact input device product that combines a navigation pad module with a motion sense and interface integrated circuit (IC) to provide mouse-like pointing in a variety of mobile devices. With a low profile height of 1.7 mm and diameter of 14 mm, this ultra-compact navigation pad incorporates a self centering button with click function. Based on embedded capacitive sense technology, this miniature input module will enable designers to develop input devices that can provide analog cursor control for web browsing, gaming or digital camera applications in mobile devices. The incorporated mobile navigation sense and interface IC enables the input module to operate either as a four- or eight-way switch with scrollwheel functionality or as an analog mouse or joystick to provide end-users with new and unique navigation experiences such as rapid scrolling and panning of menus and long lists, mouse-like navigation of web pages, drag and drop operations, as well as analog joystick-like control to make mobile gaming more enjoyable. In addition, bare skin contact is not required for operation of the navigation pad module so end-users will be able to operate the input device while wearing gloves.