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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:36 pm    Post subject: capacitive touch sensing Reply with quote

Interesting article about touch sensors.

http://planetanalog.com/features/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=181401898

From the article:

A simple parallel plate capacitor has two conductors separated by a dielectric layer. Most of the energy in this system is concentrated directly between the plates. Some of the energy spills over into the area outside the plates, and the electric field lines associated with this effect are called fringing fields. Part of the challenge of making a practical capacitive sensor is to design a set of printed circuit traces which direct fringing fields into an active sensing area accessible to a user. A parallel plate capacitor is not a good choice for such a sensor pattern.

Placing a finger near fringing electric fields adds conductive surface area to the capacitive system. The additional charge storage capacity added by the finger is known as finger capacitance, CF. The capacitance of the sensor without a finger present is denoted as CPin this article, which stands for parasitic capacitance.
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