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  1. 2009/11/09 QT60326 - 32 & 48 KEY QMATRIX ICs

DESCRIPTION
These digital charge-transfer (“QT”) QMatrix™ ICs are designed to detect human touch on up 48 keys when used with a scanned, passive X-Y matrix. They will project touch keys through almost any dielectric, e.g. glass, plastic, stone, ceramic, and even wood, up to thicknesses of 5 cm or more. The touch areas are defined as simple 2-part interdigitated electrodes of conductive material, like copper or screened silver or carbon deposited on the rear of a control panel. Key sizes, shapes and placement are almost entirely arbitrary; sizes and shapes of keys can be mixed within a single panel of keys and can vary by a factor of 20:1 in surface area. The sensitivity of each key can be set individually via simple functions over the SPI or UART port, for example via Quantum’s QmBtn program, or from a host microcontroller. Key setups are stored in an onboard eeprom and do not need to be reloaded with each powerup.
These devices are designed specifically for appliances, electronic kiosks, security panels, portable instruments, machine tools, or similar products that are subject to environmental influences or even vandalism. It can permit the construction of 100% sealed, watertight control panels that are immune to humidity, temperature, dirt accumulation, or the physical deterioration of the panel surface from abrasion, chemicals, or abuse. To this end the device contains Quantum-pioneered adaptive auto self-calibration, drift compensation, and digital filtering algorithms that make the sensing function robust and survivable.
The parts can scan matrix touch keys over LCD panels or other displays when used with clear ITO electrodes arranged in a matrix. They do not require 'chip on glass' or other exotic fabrication techniques, thus allowing the OEM to source the matrix from multiple vendors. Materials such as such common PCB materials or flex circuits can be used.
External circuitry consists of a resonator and a few passive parts, all of which can fit into a 6.5 sq cm footprint (1 sq inch). Control and data transfer is via either an SPI or UART port.
These devices make use of an important new variant of charge-transfer sensing, transverse charge-transfer, in a matrix format that minimizes the number of required scan lines. Unlike older methods, it does not require one IC per key.

FEATURES
*Advanced second generation QMatrix™ controller
*Keys individually adjustable for sensitivity, response time, and many other critical parameters
*Panel thicknesses to 50mm through any dielectric
*32 and 48 key versions
*100% autocal for life - no in-field adjustments
*SPI Slave and UART interfaces
*Sleep mode with wake pin
*Adjacent key suppression feature
*Synchronous noise suppression pin
*Spread-spectrum modulation: high noise immunity
*Mix and match key sizes & shapes in one panel
*Low overhead communications protocol
*FMEA compliant design features
*Negligible external component count
*Extremely low cost per key
*44-pin Pb-free TQFP package

APPLICATIONS
*Automotive panels
*Machine tools
*ATM machines
*Touch-screens
*Appliance controls
*Outdoor keypads
*Security keypanels
*Industrial keyboards

QT60486, QT60486-AS-G, QT60326-AS-G, QT60486-AG, QT60326-AG

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