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Monday, February 8, 2010

Pressure-sensitive navigation pads coming to mobile phones

Yorkshire-based touch technology company Peratech Limited has agreed to license its Quantum Tunnelling Composite technology to Samsung for use in 5-way 'navikeys' on mobile phones. The deal has been done with Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Samsung's component manufacturing business.

QTC switches are force-sensitive, which means the speed of scrolling through a list or playing a game can vary depending on how hard the 5-way switch is pressed.

Philip Taysom, joint CEO of Peratech, said "This is a very significant step for Peratech and we are delighted Samsung EM has chosen our QTC technology. It is a huge testament to the power and potential of QTC technology to not only replace traditional switches with more reliable switches but to also add new functionality so that better, more innovative products can be created with enhanced user interaction. Samsung EM supplies components to most of the leading phone manufacturers so our technology will soon be used across a wide range of next generation phone models. In fact, a Navikey using QTC from Samsung EM is already being used into a Tier 1 mobile phone."

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