capacitive touchscreenGTK announced the availability of TFT modules with integral capacitive touchscreens as a standard product. This option will be available on TFTs with screen sizes of 3.5", 4.3" and 7.0".

The TFT modules are suitable for industrial applications and have wide viewing angles, good contrast and brightness ratios and an operating temperature range of -20°C to +70°C. They also have an extended product availability of 3-5 years as well as an enhanced LED backlight, which provides a 50K hours’ half-life. Additional customisation options include a custom cover lens, and optical bonding to improve sunlight readability.

Clive Dickinson, business manager for Optoelectronics at GTK, said, "The addition of the capacitive touchscreen to the TFT module essentially brings the technology associated with consumer products, such as smartphones and tablets, to industrial products. Users are familiar with the swiping gestures they use on their home devices, and by using this technology on more industrial equipment there is less of a learning curve involved which can result in greater productivity and lower error rates, both of which are beneficial to businesses. We have already seen a high level of interest in the marketplace for this technology for quite diverse applications, including a VOIP phone screen, security equipment, and an audio console for use in the entertainment industry. The common theme for all of these was for a display which was easy to read, intuitive to use and fast to respond."

More information on this product range can be  found here