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Nissha signs $1.4 million licensing agreement for Peratech's ultra-thin, low power QTC technology switches to create next generation of touch screens with 3D input for mobile devices
Peratech Limited, the leader in new materials designed for touch technology solutions, has announced that Nissha, one of the world's largest manufacturers of touch screen technology, has signed a $1.4 million licensing agreement to use Peratech's award winning Quantum Tunnelling Composites (QTC) to create next generation touch screens with 3D input for mobile phones and portable electronic devices. The licensing agreement gives Nissha exclusive worldwide rights to use the technology for screens smaller than 3.5 by 5.5 inches for an initial period of 1 year.
Philip Taysom, joint CEO of Peratech, said, "This is Peratech's first million dollar licensing agreement and is a huge testament to the power and potential of QTC technology by one of the world's leading manufacturers of touch screens for mobile phones and gaming consoles. QTC is also ideal for creating solutions for larger touch screens and we are actively investigating this market."
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.
Chris Lussey, joint CEO of Peratech, commented, "QTC changes the game when it comes to human machine interface design with capabilities to build truly 3D user interfaces in small, low power devices. This three dimensionality cannot be matched with existing resistive and capacitive technologies. Using products with an embedded QTC switch consumers could use this third dimension to search deeper into a file structure simply by pressing harder, control an avatar's movement through a game more naturally or create the thin or thick lines which are vital for Far East characters."
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. With QTC, touch screens can be made feature rich and ultra-thin allowing for the development of even slimmer, lighter weight and lower-power portable devices.
Takao Hashimoto, Director, CTO of Nissha and General Manager of Technology Research & Development, added, "QTC will be a disruptive technology for mobile phones enabling thinner phones to be designed with amazing new input interfaces."
About Peratech Limited
Peratech is the inventor and world leader in Quantum Tunnelling Composite (QTC) technology. QTC's are electro-active polymeric materials which 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. 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
Nissha Printing is a future-oriented corporation that supplies advanced colour concepts, designs, and functions from its base in Kyoto to customers throughout the world using its own unique technology based on a foundation of traditional printing techniques.
Founded in 1929 and headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, Nissha Printing Company Limited was inaugurated in Kyoto on October the 6th, 1929 under the motto “Anybody can do type printing. Let’s do high class printing which no other company does.” From the inauguration of our company, we have consistently undertaken high class printing and have come to be known within the printing industry by the term “Nissha, the high class printing company.” However, from an early stage, we became involved in the development of printing techniques other than paper printing, and, in 1967, we became the first company in Japan to market wood grain pattern transfer foils. As a result, it became possible to transfer designs printed onto films onto the surfaces of moulded plastic objects, and, in 1983, we launched our own unique technology, the in-mould decoration system Nissha IMD, which is capable of transferring designs not only onto flat surfaces but also onto all manner of curved surfaces. In addition, in 1990, we developed analogue touch panels and commenced supplies of these products for the manufacture of PDAs. Today, the use of Nissha IMD technology has greatly expanded, and it is now employed around the world in the manufacture of products in every conceivable category including mobile telephones, notebook PCs, vehicle interior components, and information appliances, etc, with the result that this surface decoration technology has endowed a wide variety of everyday products with high degrees of decorativeness. In addition, in the field of touch panels, we boast one of the world’s highest levels of production capacity as well as advanced quality, and have cemented our position as a leading company in this industry through activities including the development of decorative touch windows consisting of an amalgamation of surface decoration technology with existing touch panels. Further information is available from www.nissha.co.jp/english/
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