DigiTimes reports many IC design houses are working on the development of capacitive touch panels for Windows 7 PCs. The site says some suppliers are already sampling capacitive touch screens of various sizes, including 7", 12", 15" and 17". These products may be available in the first half of next year.
With the prospects of Windows 7 sending major PC vendors looking for capacitive touch panel solutions, IC design houses such as Elan Microelectronics, Synaptics, Cypress, Egalax_empia Technology Incorporated (EETI) are all actively developing solutions to tap the market, according to market sources.
Other players, such as indium tin oxide (ITO) glass suppliers and medium- and large-size resistive touch panel makers, are also planning to enter the capacitive touchscreen market, the market sources noted.