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SMK Corp announced a capacitive touch panel that can be operated by a gloved hand Oct 25, 2011.

It is targeted at in-vehicle devices such as car navigation systems. The company will start volume production at a rate of 100,000 units (in terms of 6.5-inch panel) per month.

SMK improved detection sensitivity by employing a chip that supports high-sensitivity detection and developing a sensor panel structure that has a high resistance to noise to prevent malfunctions caused by noise. As a result, it became possible to detect a gloved hand. When the panel is operated by a fingertip, it is possible to place 1.5mm-thick resin on the panel, the company said.

The screen size of the new panel can be up to 8 inches. The maximum transmittance and minimum reflectance of the panel are 93% and 3%, respectively. Its operating temperature range is from -30 to +85°C, and its storage temperature range is from -40 to +95°C.

SMK will exhibit the new panel at FPD International 2011, which will take place from Oct 26 to 28, 2011, in Yokohama, Japan.