Atmel-NVIDIA Collaboration Means Larger Tablets

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Amidst the developments at MWC 2011 today in Barcelona another Valentine’s Day hook up seems to have emerged. Atmel and NVIDIA announced that together they will be working on some larger tablets that we will see on the market in future.

Atmel will use their mXT1386 maXTouch formula with the Tegra 2 chip from NVIDIA to create tablets with up to a 15” touchscreen. This will also be able to scale down other devices including smartphones. Slashgear who also report this news say that the design is ideal for top quality gaming and that it would use the Android OS.

Some of the key features of the Atmel touchscreen are low power consumption, chip versatility, precision sensitivity, and a fast response rate. One of the most significant features is the unlimited touch. This allows for up to 16 touches simultaneously. The Atmel site has a list of all the functionality of their touchscreen design which can be viewed by clicking here.

An analyst from IHS iSuppli Rhoda Alexander says that ‘2011 is shaping up to be the year of the tablet.’ She lists touch performance and processing speed as key to a successful tablet design. Both are provided from this new Atmel-Nvidia collaboration.

Could this be the start of a blossoming relationship? Is the joint design the future for touchscreen tablet technology?

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