Chip-Level Haptics Solutions Enable Customers to Easily Tap into Market-Leading Touch Feedback Technology
August 25, 2009
SAN JOSE, Calif., August 25, 2009 – IDT® (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.; NASDAQ: IDTI), a leading provider of essential mixed signal semiconductor solutions that enrich the digital media experience, and Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR), the leading developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, today announced they will collaborate to drive the adoption of haptics in digital devices. The companies will work together to provide solutions offering OEMs rapid implementation of high-quality haptic feedback in touch-enabled products.
Haptics, or touch feedback technology, provides a physical “touch” confirmation to the user when input is received into a system via a touchscreen, slider, touchpad or other digital interface. Through the collaboration, Immersion’s TouchSense® high-fidelity haptic technology will allow IDT to address a broader range of multimedia applications with its IDT PureTouch™ silicon solutions, ultimately accelerating touch technology in consumer electronic devices.
“Touch sensor and haptics technologies are key components to the evolution of digital media and consumer electronic devices,” said Ram Iyer, vice president and general manager for the IDT Computing and Multimedia Division. “Our touch sensor technology and collaboration with Immersion will allow us to address a broader range of applications while offering our customers the competitive advantages that haptics technology provides.”
True multi-modal user experiences encompass sight, sound and touch – all physical sensations in consumer electronic devices that IDT is improving through its video, audio and touch semiconductor solutions that ultimately allow OEM customers to provide consumers with richer, more complete digital media experiences.
“IDT shares our vision of dramatically improved user experiences, especially in touch solutions,” said Craig Vachon, senior vice president and general manager, Touch Line of Business at Immersion. “Enabling haptics at the semiconductor level is a catalyst for further innovation and for accelerated adoption. With Immersion’s TouchSense technology in the IDT PureTouch solutions, the power of human touch – our most fundamental sense – becomes more widely available for manufacturers to bring to life in their products.”
Deployed in over 70 million devices from several of the world’s leading manufacturers, haptics technology fully involves the sense of touch to make the user experience with digital devices more efficient, intuitive, fun and more accurate. Applications include integration in products such as consumer electronics, mobile phones and handheld devices for commercial and industrial applications.
The IDT PureTouch LDS6010, 6018, 6040, and 6048 capacitive controllers integrate the TouchSense haptics technology, sophisticated software capable of delivering the crisp response required to achieve advanced tactile effects. The driver supports ERM (eccentric rotating mass) and LRA (linear resonant actuator) vibration motors, with a smart watchdog timer implemented to save power by activating shutdown mode if no PWM (pulse width modulation) activity is detected. A programmable on-board voltage regulator enables direct connection of the haptics supply to the system battery while still ensuring a consistent haptics experience across the battery discharge curve.
With the goal of continuously improving the digital media experience, IDT integrates its fundamental semiconductor heritage with essential innovation, developing and delivering low-power, mixed signal solutions that solve customer problems. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., IDT has design, manufacturing and sales facilities throughout the world. IDT stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Stock Market® under the symbol “IDTI.” Additional information about IDT is accessible at www.IDT.com.
About Immersion (www.immersion.com)
Haptic (touch) technology is the future of user experience in digital devices. Founded in 1993, Immersion harnesses human touch to create user experiences that deliver a more compelling sense of the digital world. Using one of Immersion’s adaptable high fidelity haptic systems, partners can achieve a competitive advantage and greater revenue opportunities with products that are more intuitive, satisfying, efficient, and safe. With Immersion technology, world-class companies can deliver improved user experiences in products such as widely popular video games, leading video console gaming systems, advanced automotive driver controls, and award-winning mobile phones. Immersion manufactures its own line of medical simulators that incorporate touch technology. These virtual reality training tools, installed around the world, enable practitioners to improve their practice of sophisticated life-saving surgical procedures prior to operating on patients. With over 700 issued or pending patents in the U.S. and other countries, Immersion is the leading innovator in touch-enabled user experiences that bring the digital universe to life.
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they never materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the results of Immersion Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
All statements, other than the statements of historical fact, are statements that may be deemed forward-looking statements, including the statements regarding Immersion and IDT collaborating to drive the adoption of haptics, Immersion and IDT working together to provide solutions offering OEMs rapid implementation of haptic feedback, that Immersion’s haptic technology will allow IDT to address a broader range of applications, ultimately accelerating touch technology, that Immersion technology offers competitive advantages, that enabling haptics at the semiconductor level is a catalyst for further innovation and for accelerated adoption, and that Immersion technology becomes more widely available for manufacturers,.
Immersion’s and IDT’s actual results might differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties associated with Immersion’s or IDT’s business, which include, but are not limited to, the effects of the current macroeconomic climate; delay in or failure to achieve commercial demand for Immersion’s or IDT’s products; a delay in or failure to achieve the acceptance of force feedback as a critical user experience; unanticipated difficulties and challenges encountered in product development efforts between IDT and Immersion; and risks specific to Immersion, including, but not limited to, those risks resulting from Immersion's ongoing analysis of Immersion's accounting method regarding revenue recognition; other accounting adjustments that may result from review of Immersion's financial statements for the periods in question; Immersion's ability to timely file any required amended periodic reports reflecting any restated financial statements; the ramifications of Immersion's potential inability to timely file required reports; potential claims and proceedings relating to such matters, including stockholder litigation and action by the SEC or other governmental agencies; and negative tax or other implications for Immersion resulting from the accounting adjustments; and other factors. Many of these risks and uncertainties are beyond the control of Immersion or IDT.
For a more detailed discussion of these factors, and other factors that could cause actual results to vary materially, interested parties should review the risk factors listed in Immersion’s most current Form 10-Q and risk factors listed in IDT’s most current Form 10-Q, both of which are on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this press release reflect Immersion’s and IDT’s beliefs and predictions as of the date of this release. Immersion and IDT disclaim any obligation to update these forward-looking statements as a result of financial, business, or any other developments occurring after the date of this release.
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