ProxSense® Capacitive Proximity & Touch Controllers

Azoteq offers Proximity and Touch controllers for a wide range of applications.

Azoteq's ProxSense® offers:

  • Sensitivity of 0.1fF – 100x more sensitive than competition
  • Signal to Noise ratio of 1000:1 (competition <30:1)
  • Only company that can provide robust proximity solutions
  • Integration – lower system cost
  • Robust – auto tuning of electrode, changing environment, water, grease & dust
  • Fundamental patents on proximity and touch wake up

Theory of Capacitive sensing

  • Capacitive sensors measure a change in capacitance (increase or decrease)
  • Human body, hand or finger acts as a capacitor
  • Proximity or touch by a human changes the capacitance of the system
  • Capacitance changes are small
  • Touch – 10 pico Farads
  • Close proximity – 1 pico Farads
  • Proximity – 50-100 femto Farads
  • Charge transfer – measures capacitance by transferring charge from sense electrode to internal capacitor
  • Inexpensive PCB pads to sense a touch or proximity event
  • No mechanical parts
  • Front panel materials – glass or polycarbonate
  • Buttons protected from harsh environments

Self Capacitance

  • Controller measures capacitance of the sense electrode relative to ground
  • One connection for each touch switch
  • Hand or finger adds capacitance to circuit

Mutual Capacitance

  • Controller measures capacitance between two sense electrodes
  • Two connections for each touch switch
  • Hand or finger subtracts capacitance from circuit
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Azoteq has more than 39 patents issued and pending on capacitive sensors technology and the proximity and touch user interfaces.

Contact Azoteq for more information about capacitive proximity switches, download a datasheet, or request an evaluation kit today.

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