Capacitive Touch Development Suite for Atmel AVR Microcontrollers

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Capacitive Touch Development Suite for Atmel AVR Microcontrollers

A complete development suite for capacitive touch buttons, sliders and wheels using AVR microcontrollers from Atmel includes the new QT600 development kit and QTouch Studio, AVR Studio and free QTouch Library SW package for AVR microcontrollers. Atmel’s QT600 offers an environment for the designer to evaluate and design touch-based solutions. The QT600’s scalable design allows designers to use their own touch sensor boards with various microcontroller boards or to connect QT600 sensor boards directly to their own application.

The Atmel QTouch Suite supports development and analysis of capacitive touch button, sliders and wheels in applications using 8- and 32-bit AVR microcontrollers. QTouch Studio supports both the QT600 development kit and the designer’s own application. AVR Studio is the leading professional tool for development and code debugging for AVR microcontrollers with more then 150,000 users worldwide. With the QTouch Library 3.0, Atmel offers a free software library for embedding capacitive touch buttons, sliders and wheels onto any AVR microcontroller. The kit consists of the QT600 hardware kit and the QTouch Studio development tool plus a set of software tools and libraries.

The QT600 Touch Hardware Kit and Example Code is a complete touch development kit for buttons, sliders and wheels. This advanced development platform allows designers to experiment with Atmel touch technology, and provides the easiest way to analyze and validate touch products and supports both QTouch and QMatrix acquisition methods. It comes with one USB-powered interface board, three MCU boards representing the tinyAVR, megaAVR and AVR XMEGA families of microcontrollers, and three touch sensor boards supporting up to 64-channels. 

QTouch Studio is the front-end software used to display and evaluate the data reported by the QT600 development kit. QTouch Studio makes it easy to inspect how a touch implementation performs, and the designer can use this information to tune a touch implementation for maximum performance. It also supports other QTouch evaluation kits such as the AVRTS2080A and AVRTS2080B.

The QTouch Library is a royalty-free software library for developing touch applications on standard Atmel AVR microcontrollers. Customers can link the library into their firmware in order to integrate touch-sensing capability into their projects. The library can be used to develop single-chip solutions for many control applications, or to reduce chip count in more complex applications.

AVR Studio is a professional Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for writing, simulating and debugging applications for AVR microcontrollers. It also comprises the programming interface for all AVR tools. To add touch functionality to an existing application, customers can import projects into AVR Studio together with the QTouch Library binaries. The Atmel QT600 development kit is priced at $199.

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