Tyco Electronics Elo Touchsystems Achieves "Compatible With Windows® 7"


-- The First Surface Acoustic Wave Touch Technology with Multi-touch Capabilities --

HARRISBURG, Pa - From the global leader in touch technology comes a new technology that has achieved the "Compatible with Windows 7" logo. IntelliTouch Plus surface acoustic wave touch technology expands the industry-leading Elo TouchSystems portfolio by giving OEMs, application developers and customers new tools to leverage the distinct advantages of the Windows 7 touch interface.

The new Elo TouchSystems IntelliTouch Plus touch technology has met all the Additional Qualification (AQ) testing requirements established by Microsoft Corp. for Windows 7 multi-touch interactivity. IntelliTouch Plus touch technology is based upon proven surface acoustic wave technology with over 20 years of reliable performance and millions of installations around the world. It accurately records two simultaneous touch locations anywhere on the screen with three axes of touch information thereby overcoming many of the drawbacks of other multi-touch technologies, such as camera-based optical that are subject to interferences from ambient light variances and false touches. With this latest approval, Elo customers can trust they have the same reliable performance for their touchmonitors that they have come to expect with the standard single-touch IntelliTouch touch technology. IntelliTouch Plus multi-touch technology will be commercially available in early 2010 as screen components in sizes ranging from 17-inch through 32-inch for consumer touch monitors and all-in-one touch computers running Windows 7. In addition, a 22-inch open-frame touchmonitor will be available later in the year. This will enable OEMs and design engineers the ability to incorporate a multi-touch technology that is both reliable and compatible with Windows 7 to heighten the user experience.

"Elo invented touch technology over 35 years ago," says Mark Mendenhall, vice president, Tyco Electronics and general manager, Elo TouchSystems. "We've never stopped innovating. This new touch technology joins the extensive portfolio of Elo products developed to meet the changing needs and demands of our customers."
But that's not all. A new Elo TouchSystems touch driver also compatible with Windows 7 is available for current Elo monitors adding digitized gestures to basic single touch functionality. No new hardware is needed. This proprietary technology enables real-time, single-finger gesture recognition on all Elo touchmonitors* providing a rich user experience that until now had only been possible with costlier technologies such as projected capacitive. This capability can be easily integrated into all Elo touchmonitors for compatibility with the Windows 7 operating system.

"These new technologies are additional examples of our drive to delight our customers with novel solutions. We've always put the needs of the customer first," Mendenhall states, "and our success in responding to those needs creates new innovative technologies. We developed IntelliTouch surface acoustic wave touch technology over twenty years ago because of customer demand for a more rugged touch technology and we've added IntelliTouch Plus to our portfolio for the very same reason. Customers are looking for reliable, economical solutions that incorporate a balance of characteristics while delivering enhanced touch capabilities."

The new IntelliTouch Plus touch technology utilizes the durable Elo surface acoustic wave technology for an accurate two-finger touch solution. The pure-glass construction of the new Elo IntelliTouch Plus touch technology delivers an excellent image and high light transmission just like the single-touch IntelliTouch touch technology customers have trusted for years. With stable, drift-free operation, new IntelliTouch Plus touchscreens will accurately recognize two-finger simultaneous touches and gestures all over the screen. Steve Aguirre, Elo business development manager confirms, "Elo IntelliTouch Plus delivers reliable performance and is the cost-effective dual-touch and gestures technology for the market. And, it comes from the leader in touch technologies for more than 35 years, Elo TouchSystems."

*Windows 7 driver version 1.1.1 with gestures is currently available for AccuTouch resistive, CarrollTouch infrared, IntelliTouch surface acoustic wave and surface capacitive touch technologies; Acoustic Pulse Recognition (APR) will be available in 2010.

ABOUT TYCO ELECTRONICS

Tyco Electronics Ltd. is a leading global provider of engineered electronic components, network solutions, undersea telecommunication systems and wireless systems, with 2008 sales of $14.8 billion to customers in more than 150 countries. We design, manufacture and market products for customers in industries from automotive, appliance and aerospace and defense to telecommunications, computers and consumer electronics. With nearly 8,000 engineers and worldwide manufacturing, sales and customer service capabilities, Tyco Electronics' commitment is our customers' advantage. More information on Tyco Electronics can be found at http://www.tycoelectronics.com/.

ABOUT ELO TOUCHSYSTEMS

Tyco Electronics' Elo TouchSystems is the global leading brand in touch technology. The Elo TouchSystems product line encompasses the largest selection of touchscreen technologies and LCD touchmonitors, carefully designed for the demanding requirements of diverse applications, such as industrial, medical, POS, kiosks, retail, hospitality, transportation, office automation and gaming. Elo founders invented the touchscreen over 35 years ago. Since then, customers have used Elo touchscreens with one common, powerful result advanced computer technology simplified for all users. For more information on Elo products and services, please contact 800-ELO-TOUCH (800-356-8682), or view Elo products website at www.elotouch.com or direct electronic mail inquiries to customerservice@elotouch.com.

AccuTouch, CarrollTouch, Elo TouchSystems, IntelliTouch, TE logo and Tyco Electronics are trademarks. All other products and company names referred to herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or mark holders.

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