Monday January 25, 12:28 pm Eastern Time

Company Press Release

MicroTouch Introduces ToughTouch for Flat-Panel ChassisTouch Kiosk Monitors

Rugged Touchscreen Innovation Designed For Harsh Environments

METHUEN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 25, 1999--MicroTouch Systems, Inc. today introduced new ChassisTouch flat-panel kiosk monitors with its innovative ToughTouch sensor.

ToughTouch is a capacitive touchscreen with an additional layer of tempered glass laminated to the back to provide shatterproof durability, without loss of touch performance. MicroTouch's ChassisTouch flat-panel monitors for kiosks are designed specifically for easy integration into kiosk or ATM enclosures where space is valuable and speed and reliability of operation are important.

ToughTouch brings extraordinary durability to public-access and self-service touchscreen applications in which the display is vulnerable to damage. These include ATMs, vending machines, gaming machines, gas pumps, industrial and information kiosks.

``As touchscreen technology continues to gain wider adoption into harsh environments and unattended applications, our customers are seeking high levels of protection against damage,'' said Alice Moran, MicroTouch group product marketing manager. ``Adding ToughTouch to our ChassisTouch flat-panel monitor line for kiosks directly responds to a growing use of LCD monitors in public-access applications. As a virtually shatterproof solution, ToughTouch gives engineers and designers the market's best combination of outstanding touch functionality and unmatched durability.''

ToughTouch and ChassisTouch Features and Benefits

ToughTouch is based on MicroTouch's industry-leading capacitive sensor, ClearTek, which enables ToughTouch applications to withstand contaminants, chemicals, grease, dirt, or water without interrupting operation.

Like the standard ClearTek sensor, ToughTouch accurately recognizes fast, light touches - as light as two ounces in less than three milliseconds with better than 99 percent accuracy - for fast, reliable operation. ToughTouch's durability does not diminish clarity or light transmission. Other key features and benefits include:

MicroTouch's ChassisTouch flat-panel kiosk monitors are encased in rugged steel and guaranteed to retain the same physical dimensions for three years. This means OEMs and systems integrators can avoid costly modifications or redesigns of enclosures to accommodate constant changes in the dimensions of plastic bezel monitors.

ChassisTouch flat-panel displays are based on a thin-film transistor, active-matrix (TFT-AM) LCD with full-screen resolution of up to 1024 x 768 lines.

Pricing and Availability

ToughTouch is available worldwide for 12.1- and 15-inch ChassisTouch flat-panel monitors. A single unit list price for the 12.1-inch is $1,675, and $2,089 for the 15-inch. More information can be obtained by contacting MicroTouch sales at 1-800-642-7686, or visit the MicroTouch Web site at www.microtouch.com.

About MicroTouch Systems

MicroTouch Systems, Inc. is the world leader in computer touch-input solutions, offering an array of innovative products based on capacitive, resistive, and other touch technologies. Founded in 1982, MicroTouch reported sales of $128.5 million in 1997. With its headquarters and ISO 9001-certified manufacturing plant in Methuen, Mass., MicroTouch also maintains manufacturing facilities in New York, the United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia, along with sales offices and distributors in numerous other countries.


Contact:
     MicroTouch Systems, Inc.
     Edward F. Clough, (978) 659-9120
     eclough@microtouch.com