Atmel Corporation and Optofidelity Co-Operation – Handwriting Test Solution Demo Presented in MWC2016

Atmel and OptoFidelity, both recognized leaders in touch technology space, announced their partnership today. Target of the co-operation is to help Atmel´s touch technology teams to develop their cutting edge technologies even further to match to the future requirements. During the partnership OptoFidelity has delivered novel testing solutions to support the testing of human handwriting with the touch screen solutions. Testing of handwriting requires high end measurement technologies and novel approach to the challenge. OptoFidelity is presenting the solution in MWC 2016 on Feb22-25 in Barcelona.

Atmel Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) and OptoFidelity have partnered in the development of next generation touch sensors.

Atmel is a global leader and provider of best in class touch technologies to various industries for 15 years. This is due continuous investments to innovation. Atmel touch solutions enable the creation of smart and differentiated designs with the exceptional user experiences that will delight consumers. Solutions meet high-performance standards, not to mention your power consumption expectations

OptoFidelity is a recognized global leader for testing solutions in touch and other user interaction technologies. The company has delivered more than 1000 testing solutions globally to mobile industry value chain: innovation, product development, volume production and customer care. OptoFidelity testing solutions are ideal for user interface performance, touch & stylus performance, video and camera testing, and display inspection.

Human handwriting is a challenge

Human handwriting, either with finger or stylus, is a challenge. A stylus with touch screen has to replicate exactly what human would do with pen and paper. There are multiple challenges for the replication: Variation of speed may be significant, and the style of handwriting varies a lot. The user may have the palm of the hand on the screen, or he´s tilting or tipping the pen. OptoFidelity has developed new testing solutions in co-operation with Atmel to overcome these challenges. The project started already in 2015 and the results look promising:

- It has been great to work with OptoFidelity expert teams, says Iqbal Sharif, Senior Director of Atmel Touch Division. We have really challenged OptoFidelity team and technology, and it has been great to see what we can achieve with this partnership. I´m looking forward to continue the intensive co-operation with OptoFidelity teams.

- This has been a great experience. We have been working in the industry long, but this was again a new challenge for us to solve. We are proud to work with the industry leaders and deliver added value to them, Ilmo Lounasmaa, VP of Test Robotics from OptoFidelity concludes.

More information on OptoFidelity handwriting solutions can be seen in MWC Barcelona on Feb 22-25, and OptoFidelity YouTube channel. A joint white paper related to handwriting testing solutions is available for download from OptoFidelity website starting from Feb 22.2016.

Atmel Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel® provides the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on industrial, consumer, security, communications, computing and automotive markets.

OptoFidelity is a global leader for testing solutions in user interactions and touch technologies. OptoFidelity customers include major industry leaders from chipset, mobile and automotive industries globally. It has teams in three continents: Silicon Valley, Europe and China.

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