N-Trig, makers of not just Windows tablet digitizers and digital active pens, but the pen and digitizer combos used in the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet, HTC Flyer and HTC Jetstream, have announced a new single chip solution for 5 to 11 inch mobile devices that can handle both touch and digital pen input.
What's the big deal? Previously tablets and smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note (trivia: the Note has a Wacom digitizer rather than N-Trig) used separate chips and sensors for pen and touch. With a single chip solution you save space and power, both good things for a mobile device.
Chipset engineering samples are already available for customers, and the DuoSense solution will be integrated in a number of Android and Windows/Windows 8-based tablets scheduled for release later this year.
Here's an excerpt from N-Trig's press release:
"N-trig, providers of the DuoSense pen and multi-touch user interface, today announced that the fourth generation DuoSense chipset family has been extended to include single-chip solutions. While competing solutions require either two sensors or multiple chips to support pen and multi-touch, N-trig is the first company to offer both on a single chip and a single sensor, providing device manufacturers with a compact, low-power solution and paving the way for N-trig to enter the handheld market. The newest DuoSense chipset is optimized for a variety of screen sizes, ranging from 5 handhelds to 11 tablets, and offers an Analog-IC that allows for support of up to 15.6 portable PCs.
The DuoSense single-chip solution is the first single-chip on the market to support both pen and multi-touch input for mobile computing, allowing for easier integration and flexibility in thinner and slimmer computing designs. It also offers the ability to support a chip-on-flex configuration, in which the chip is directly mounted and electronically connected to a flexible circuit, eliminating the need for a controller."