Monday, March 3, 2014

Cirque launches its Next Gen Platform Optimized for Touch Screens - GT4

New touch platform provides industry leading passive stylus performance and noise immunity.

Salt Lake City, Utah, March 3, 2014 – Cirque, the original developer of capacitive touch solutions is once again leading the market with the GT4 platform. GT4 provides a combination of robust touch input capability with unique features. This makes GT4 an ideal fit for general-purpose touch applications, and for specialized markets like point of sale and security.

GT4 builds on our proven GlidePoint technology used in millions of notebook computers around the world. Designed specifically for touch screens, GT4 enables high-resolution signature capture with a fine point (2 mm), simple conductive stylus. GT4 algorithms identify the unique electrical signature of the stylus point, allowing the system to differentiate between fingers and the stylus, with no additional costly electronics required. With this feature, touch screens using GT4 can lock input from fingers to stylus to prevent erroneous input during signing operation.

Electromagnetic noise is a constant threat to the performance of capacitive touch screens, which is why GT4 was engineered to meet stringent industry standards for electromagnetic compatibly (IEC61000-4-6, when implemented properly in an end product). GT4's analog sensing system was designed from the ground up specifically to have exceptional noise immunity, utilizing patented features such as active frequency hopping and new, innovative capacitive scanning patterns.

GT4 has the ability to track five fingers at up to 200 samples per second for a high quality multi-touch experience. Thanks to a scalable architecture, GT4 can be an extremely cost effective touch screen solution for a variety of screen sizes. GT4 works with industry standard touch panel construction methods for the widest possible compatibility.

For specialized markets like point of sale and security, the GT4 platform can be configured with Cirque's proprietary SecureSense™ secure capacitive scanning. This enables touch screens that can be used for secure input, protected against attempts to bug the device and capture data. Independent test laboratories have found that SecureSense™ meets the stringent requirements of the payment card industry for secure PIN input (PCI PTS 3.0). Contact Cirque for additional details.

To get a hands-on look at GT4, contact Cirque to request a demonstration kit.

About Cirque Corporation
Cirque Corporation is the original developer of capacitive sensing technology and continues to function as a market leader in a variety or markets such as notebook computers, industrial, medical and consumer electronics. To learn more about Cirque’s wide range of capacitive touch solutions, visit http://www.cirque.com.

Cirque, SecureSense, and all associated logos are trademarks of Cirque Corporation.

Monday, January 20, 2014

PS/2 and I2C Solution

Cirque and Alps are proposing a PS/2 emulation method to simplify PC hardware and allow legacy operating systems (Win 7 and earlier) without I2C drivers to work with I2C trackpads. It allows the physical PS/2 bus to be removed from a computer system and uses the I2C bus only for transferring data to the host.

BIOS firmware would be created to translate a few PS/2 commands into I2C HID commands and pass them to the I2C trackpad. The PS/2 driver that is native to the legacy operating system is used. It has the same functional behavior as a true PS/2 trackpad without the physical PS2 signals.

The chart below gives an example of how this would work.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Cirque’s GlidePoint Trackpad Passes Microsoft Precision Touchpad Certification for Windows 8.1

GlidePoint ® Trackpads available now for products requiring Precision Touchpad for Windows 8.1

Salt Lake City, Utah – Alps Electric Co., Ltd, and Cirque Corporation, the original developer of capacitive sensing technology, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Alps, today announce that their GlidePoint Trackpad has passed Microsoft Precision Touchpad (PTP) certification. As technology partners, Cirque and Alps have worked closely with Microsoft Corp. to bring about this latest touchpad solution. This solution enables customers to take advantage of the newest touchpad features available in Windows 8.1.

“Microsoft has been pleased to work with Alps and Cirque on their GlidePoint Trackpad for Windows 8.1,” said Jerry Koh, Group Program Manager, Windows Input Platform. As a Windows-compatible precision touchpad, a GlidePoint Trackpad is designed to provide a high quality experience and full functionality right out of the box. Notebook users can expect a precise cursoring experience and accurate palm detection that will help avoid accidental activations. Certified GlidePoint Trackpads will provide an industry-leading experience delivering smooth panning and zooming.

“We are excited to offer a certified Microsoft PTP solution as part of our GlidePoint products,” said Richard Woolley, Vice President of Cirque Engineering.“ The PTP solution offers a great set of features aimed at standardizing the notebook touchpad experience. End users should have a positive and successful experience with touchpads in the Windows environment.”

PTP certified GlidePoint Trackpads are available now for OEM customers and are expected to be in products in the coming year.

For the latest Cirque news, follow @CirqueCorp on Twitter.

About Cirque Corporation
Cirque Corporation is the original developer of capacitive sensing technology and continues to function as a market leader in a variety of markets such as notebook computers, industrial, medical, and consumer electronics. To learn more about Cirque’s wide range of capacitive touch solutions visit http://www.cirque.com.

About Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
Alps Electric is a leading global manufacturer of high-quality electronic components for mobile devices, home electronics, vehicles, and industrial equipment. With the philosophy of “Perfecting the Art of Electronics” Alps Electric supplies over 40,000 different components to about 2,000 companies all over the world. For more information, visit http://www.alps.com.

Cirque, GlidePoint, and all associated logos are trademarks of Cirque Corporation. Alps is a trademark of Alps Electric Co., Ltd. All other marks are property of their respective owners.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Cirque releases the next evolution in trackpad technology with GlidePoint Gen 4

Cirque® GlidePoint® Gen 4 trackpads provide a rich gesture suite with no driver required. In addition, five independent touch points are reported enabling custom gesture development.

Salt Lake City, Utah - Cirque Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alps Electric Co., Ltd, and the original developer of capacitive sensing technology announces the release of GlidePoint Gen 4, the next standard in capacitive trackpads. Gen 4 trackpads use proprietary image sensing technology to track multiple fingers. Familiar gestures like scrolling, zooming, and Windows® 8 edge gestures are possible, all without installing a driver. A large object detection method is used to differentiate between fingers or a palm touching the trackpad. This prevents a palm from causing inadvertent cursor movement, taps, and gestures.

GlidePoint Gen 4 provides flexibility for product designs. Trackpads can be integrated into PC peripherals, tablet accessories, specialized keyboards, game controllers, remote controls, medical devices, industrial machinery, and more. Customized shapes and sizes are possible. Deployed finished Gen 4 based products can be updated with new features through the included boot-loader.

“Gen 4 is an exceptional new standard for touch technology,” says Nate Coy, OEM Sales Director. “Familiar gestures that people use every day, industry leading performance, multiple finger detection, field upgradable, and no driver requirement make this a very versatile solution.”

Through Cirque's adaptable manufacturing model, IC components may be purchased for custom designs. Standard off-the-shelf Gen 4 modules are available in 115x105, 105x65, and 65x49 sizes. Additional standard sizes are anticipated in the near future.

For more information about GlidePoint Gen 4 trackpads, see:  http://www.cirque.com/solutions/oemtouchpads.aspx

About Cirque Corporation
Cirque Corporation is the original developer of capacitive sensing technology and continues to function as a market leader in a variety of markets such as notebook computers, industrial, medical and consumer electronics. To learn more about Cirque’s wide range of capacitive touch solutions, or visit http://www.cirque.com.

About Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
Alps Electric is a leading global manufacturer of high-quality electronic components for mobile devices, home electronics, vehicles, and industrial equipment. With the philosophy of “Perfecting the Art of Electronics” Alps Electric supplies over 40,000 different components to about 2,000 companies all over the world. For more information, visit http://www.alps.com.

Cirque, GlidePoint and all associated logos are trademarks of Cirque Corporation. All other marks are property of their respective owners.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Cirque releases GlidePoint 3.7 driver for Windows 8.1

Cirque® GlidePoint® 3.7 driver supports new gestures in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 operating systems.

Salt Lake City, Utah - Cirque Corporation, the original developer of capacitive sensing trackpads, announces the release of the GlidePoint 3.7 driver. New features in the 3.7 driver support the gestures in Windows 8.1. These gestures allow users to perform quick actions such as search, open settings, close an application, find recently used applications, and switch between applications.

“Cirque offers these new options to improve the productivity, ease of use, and functionality of trackpads in products where Windows 8.1 is the OS,” said Nate Coy, OEM Product Sales Manager

The new GlidePoint 3.7 driver can be used with Cirque’s Smart Cat Pro, Smart Cat, and Easy Cat trackpads. The driver feature set works retroactively with tablet and PC keyboards, desktop peripherals, and other industrial and consumer electronic devices using GlidePoint products. Users simply update the driver for currently installed trackpads to gain the use of the new functionality.

To download the GlidePoint 3.7 driver, visit:  http://www.cirque.com/desktoptouchpad/drivers.aspx

About Cirque Corporation
Cirque Corporation is the original developer of capacitive sensing technology and continues to function as a market leader in a variety of markets such as notebook computers, industrial, medical and consumer electronics. To learn more about Cirque's wide range of capacitive touch solutions, visit http://www.cirque.com.

Cirque, GlidePoint and all associated logos are trademarks of Cirque Corporation. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are the property of Microsoft.

Windows 8 and newer is required to use the Windows 8 gestures.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Announcing Availability of GlidePoint® NFC

So at Cirque®, we love touch, but we also have a new love: NFC.

The NFC revolution continues to charge forward and we wanted to make sure you had a chance to look at our GlidePoint® NFC evaluation kit.

You can see an introduction to the product below. GlidePoint NFC offers the standard touch features expected of a trackpad, integrated with an NFC sensor.

GlidePoint NFC is applicable to a wide array of markets including:
  • Payment
  • Peripherals
  • Mobile
  • PC
  • Advertising
  • Gaming
  • Transportation
You can find out more in the video below and by visiting www.cirque.com/NFC.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

COMPUTEX 2012: A brief summary of an Awesome Experience!


COMPUTEX
Cirque had a great time at the COMPUTEX show in Taipei earlier this month.  Of course, who wouldn't enjoy themselves when surrounded by all that new technology?

Because we want you to actually read this summary, we'll focus on a few short highlights of the show. If you get the chance next year, we highly suggest attending.  Then you'll see why this report just barely breaks the surface of how great the show was.

Dividing up the technologies

We applaud COMPUTEX for dividing up the technologies into different sections.  Often, products and company portfolios can span many categories, but it was still nice to be able to evaluate many security, cloud, and tablet products at the same time.

For the most part, Hall 1 was separated into these categories, enabling us to be much more educated as we explored the new products.

Ultrabooks are looking good

We like the efforts of all the manufacturers for driving the Ultrabook market.  Intel and many OEM's displayed a lot of products and we continue to be excited about developments in this arena.  In addition, we were interested to see that AMD is putting effort into laptops that offer a similar feel to the Ultrabook lines—we'll be keeping watch to see if this trend continues.

Technology Advancements

COMPUTEX 2012 gave the opportunity to see increases in performance and simplicity for technologies we use every day.  There were advancements in solid-state disk-drives, Windows 8 tablets, mobile phones, wireless routers and so much more.

Did you have the chance to make it to COMPUTEX this month?  If so, let us know your thoughts on the show in the comments below. If not, what did you hear about that most captures your interest?

Hope to see everyone there next year!

Friday, February 24, 2012

BrailleTouch: A touchscreen keyboard with just a few less buttos

For many of us it is a daily experience, our smartphone's small keyboard and lack of tactile feedback cause a large number of typos. This has led to ruined days (or at least a few unpleasant minutes), and some funny conversations on Pinterest.

A new development out of Georgia Tech looks to simplify phone input by decreasing the number of keys needed to type and eliminating the need to view the screen. Researchers have released an open-source app, called BrailleTouch, which is based upon the Braille system used by the visually impaired.

Only 3 fingers from each hand are necessary to type with BrailleTouch and the phone faces away from the user's line of sight. As touchscreen typing occurs, audio feedback from the phone's speaker allows the user to know if the correct text was input.

The new system does require the user to learn to type using the Braille Alphabet, but in the demonstration video below, Mario Romero, the project's primary investigator, says users can attain this skill fairly easily (he does highlight that reading Braille and typing Braille are two very different abilities).

We'll be trying BrailleTouch out soon. Will you be incorporating BrailleTouch in to your daily smartphone use?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

NFC Trackpad Solution from Cirque on Display at CES

Press Release on Cirque's CES Activity

Next generation computing platforms with touch and Near Field Communication, powered by Cirque GlidePoint®.

Salt Lake City, Utah – January 6, 2012 – Cirque continues to lead the industry in the combination of touch and NFC capability at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. GlidePoint trackpads featuring the patented integration of touch and NFC will be on display at the NXP Semiconductors booth (CES Central Plaza, booth: CP8). We will be showing examples of GlidePoint with NFC in a notebook PC and in an industrial keyboard.

The demand for NFC capability is rapidly increasing. Native support in Windows 8 and new applications for data sharing and device pairing make NFC a necessity for future computing platforms. The trackpad, already a natural user input device, is the perfect place for adding NFC to a portable computer, especially for designs using metal enclosures. Cirque’s patented methods for combining an NFC antenna with a touch sensor, and ensuring the two systems do not interfere with each other, enables PC OEMs to easily add NFC to their devices.

See Cirque’s NFC enabled trackpad technology in action at CES 2012, and stay tuned to cirque.com and our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/CirqueCorp) for more NFC and touch content.

Cirque Corporation is the original developer of capacitive sensing technology and continues to function as a market leader in a variety or markets such as notebook computers, payment, industrial, medical and consumer electronics. To learn more about Cirque’s wide range of capacitive touch solutions, visit http://www.cirque.com.

Cirque, GlidePoint and all associated logos are trademarks of Cirque Corporation.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Demonstration: GlidePoint® NFC Trackpad

This is a video of our touchpad NFC solution to be shown at CES. Please visit the NXP booth at CES for a live demonstration (CES Central Plaza, booth: CP8).

Transcript
Welcome back for a new demonstration of the GlidePoint® NFC solution. Today, we're looking at some real-world applications for using GlidePoint NFC.

The demonstration includes a GlidePoint NFC trackpad installed on this laptop computer. The NFC communication will take place between the trackpad and both this Galaxy Nexus and this Mifare NFC card.

To begin, we'll send a URL from the phone. Here we have Cirque's webpage. As the devices communicate, the URL is sent to the PC.

In this same fashion, we're able to communicate maps… and contacts. Both of these can happen via GlidePoint NFC.

Watch as a webpage is transferred from this business card to the NFC touchpad. In the future, you're going to see more information stored in everyday items.

Thank you for watching this demonstration today. For more information on GlidePoint NFC or other Cirque products, please visit www.cirque.com.

Other Links:
Press Release, GlidePoint NFC Page, Video

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