Atmel Corp., a company focusing on microcontroller and touch technology solutions, announced it is showcasing Atmel AvantCar, a next-generation automotive center console concept with curved touch screens, demonstrating the future of human machine interface in upcoming automobiles.
In a release, the Company said the demo is being showcased at Atmel'sMeeting Room located in the Lower Level of the South Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Jan. 7-10.
Next-generation Automotive Requirements
Today's drivers are demanding richer user experiences in the automobile, similar to smart devices in the consumer market. This includes capactive touchscreens, curved form factors, personalized color schemes and navigation menus via touch buttons and sliders. AvantCar addresses all these requirements with a user interface in the center console to include these technologies.
AvantCar is Atmel's first fully functional concept showcasing solutions within the automobile. This is the first automotive concept the company is demonstrating to highlight Atmel solutions that offer drivers acontemporary experience in the car.
Atmel Combines Automotive and HMI Leadership
As a supplier for automotive products and touch-based human machine interface (HMI) solutions, Atmel's AvantCar concept demonstrates a fully functional center console highlighting two large curved touchscreen displays with no mechanical buttons. Instead, the touchscreens integrate capacitive touch buttons and sliders allowing the user to navigate general applications typically found within an automotive center console including global navigation system (GPS), car thermostat, audio controls for a radio or media player, seat controls, and more. AvantCar also allows drivers to personalize their car environment through touch capabilities and the automotive local interconnect network (LIN) connectivity system, allowing each driver to push a single button to change the car's ambient lighting to fit the driver's needs.
The entire AvantCar center console is powered by Atmel's solutions, including its XSense touch sensor, maXTouch controller, QTouch, and automotive-qualified MCUs and LIN drivers for the ambient lighting control in the demonstrator.
"Atmel's AvantCar is designed to show an avantgarde concept of what future car center consoles are likely to look like and how responsive they will be to a driver's touch using advanced HMI interfaces," said Stephan Thaler, Marketing Director, Atmel Corp. "As a leader in both capacitive touch-based HMI and microcontroller- based solutions for the automotive market, Atmel understands the driver's requirements today and tomorrow, and is excited to be the first semiconductor supplier to demonstrate a fully functional car center stack with innovative, next-generation interfaces. We are pioneering new ground with our technologies for the automotive segment and are thrilled to add more focus in this area for the upcoming years."
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