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COMDEX FALL ’01, Central Hall, booth #L6845

TouchSystems Re-Enters Capacitive Touchscreen Market with Launch of XGT & RGT at Comdex Fall

New capacitive touchscreen line is targeted for kiosk and gaming markets.

Round Rock, Texas — November 12, 2001 — TouchSystems Corporation today officially re-entered the capacitive touchscreen market with the launch of XGT and RGT, at Comdex fall, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Previously, TouchSystems’ founders successfully manufactured capacitive products, but sold the business in 1995 to pursue other interests.

TouchSystems has already re-entered and successfully penetrated the analog resistive touchscreen market. Resistive technology, able to accept any kind of input device – finger, pen, or even gloved finger, is used in a wide variety of applications. Applications include everything from consumer products, like PDAs and handhelds, to business applications, like industrial automation, point of sale, and medical devices.

“Although resistive is the most widely used touchscreen technology, we’ve received an overwhelming demand to supply capacitive touchscreens as well”, stated Gary Barrett, founder and CTO of TouchSystems. “There are limited capacitive suppliers, and with the explosive growth of the kiosk market, customers are experiencing problems, not only with rising prices, but with long lead times as well.”

Capacitive technology, because of its intrinsic durability and high light transmission, primarily serves a specific market segment for public access applications, such as kiosk and gaming. Since indoor public access terminals only require bare finger input, are often left unsupervised, and generally are in a less controlled environment, capacitive is favored over resistant technology for these types of applications.

Capacitive technology is naturally resistant to liquids and industrial/household chemicals. So, if a child spills coke on the mall kiosk, it has no adverse effect on the functioning of the touchscreen.

XGT, TouchSystems’ standard capactive touchscreen, features superb optics with up to 94% light transmission. RGT is a super-ruggedized touchscreen, featuring laminated glass construction for added durability. Mass production will begin December 2001.

About TouchSystems

TouchSystems Corporation was established in 1996 by one of the original founders of touchscreen technology. With over 100 years combined touchscreen expertise, TouchSystems is dedicated to delivering the most advanced touch technology, including wireless capabilities. TouchSystems, based in Round Rock, Texas, is a privately held company. “Your Partner in Touch Solutions.”

For photographs, datasheets, or any additional information, contact Michelle Sims at 512.388.0090 ext. 26 or send email to msims@touchsystems.com.

Visit our website at TouchSystems



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