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Fujitsu Demos Production Samples of Longer Life Resistive Touch Panels


Fujitsu Components America, Inc. today released production samples of its next-generation, resistive touch panels using an organic conductive polymer material. The new, custom touch panels offer five times the durability and comparable optical properties of conventional ITO (Indium Tin Oxide)-film panels at a small price premium. Demonstrations of the new panels will highlight the Fujitsu booth (1548) during the Society for Information Display exhibits held May 22-24 in Long Beach, California.

The Fujitsu panels use a flexible conductive polymer material instead of the hard, ceramic ITO conductive layer traditionally used in resistive touch panels. This provides a more durable touch surface and extends the touch panelís operational life, especially in repeated-touch applications, such as cell phones, PDAs, tablet PCs, instrumentation and other pen-based devices.

The conductive polymer panels are also scratch-resistant, sealed, and able to withstand harsh chemical and input abuse. These characteristics make them suitable for industrial manufacturing and field equipment, which are typically not served by resistive touch panels.

Fujitsu is releasing two types of conductive polymer touch panels: a film-film-plastic type (FID-533 series) and a film-glass type (FID-554 series). Both types feature 3H surface hardness and demonstrate a minimum mechanical life of 5 million tapping operations and 500 thousand writing operations.

Fujitsuís conductive polymer panels are manufactured using a simple, inexpensive roll-coating process. This eco-friendly method eliminates harsh chemical processing or investment in large, costly equipment.

Initially, the panels will be available in selected sizes and then expanded to cover all standard product sizes. Volume production is expected to begin by Fall 2007.

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Company Information
Fujitsu Components America Inc. markets and distributes electronic components throughout North, Central and South America. Products include relays, connectors, keyboards, touch panels, pointing and input devices, LCD console drawers, KVM switches and thermal printer mechanisms. The company is headquartered at 250 E. Caribbean Drive, Sunnyvale, California, 94089. For product information, contact FCAI via telephone at 1-800-380-0059 or by email at
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