AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Touch screen manufacturers and integrators have a new choice when it
comes to touch sensor film options. In an effort to help the touch
industry meet the growing demand for touch functionality in electronic
devices, the 3M Electronic Solutions Division today announced its new
3M™ Patterned Metal Mesh Film. This new film is targeted to increase
design options and touch sensitivity for OEM’s and ODM’s, while enabling
the next generation of touch enabled smartphones, notebooks and tablets.
“3M is committed to helping to deliver volumes that touch display
manufacturers and integrators need to meet demand, so that the industry
can avoid potential shortages which may stunt the growth of this
burgeoning market segment,” noted Erik Lood, marketing manager, 3M’s
Electronic Solutions Division.
The Advance Metal Mesh touch sensor film offers high conductivity and
transparency in an exceptionally flexible material. With a target sheet
resistance of 40 to 80 ohms per square, the patterned film enhances the
design of highly responsive touch displays. In addition, the film’s
random mesh patterning features very thin silver traces, each less than
2.0 microns wide, improving transmission, reducing haze, and virtually
eliminating moiré. Exhibiting low pattern visibility and a transmission
greater than 89 percent, the film delivers the optical transparency that
device manufacturers demand.
The Metal Mesh film’s highly flexible material enables a wide range of
design possibilities. The conformable film can be used in curved and
foldable touch screen designs without diminishing performance. In
addition, this solution can help boost yields, as the material’s
flexibility greatly reduces the possibility of damaging sensors or
cracking the conductor during processing. Suitable for diagonal sizes up
to 17 inches, the metal mesh film can support most mobile device
designs. Made in a roll-to-roll process, the film also enables
high-volume manufacturing of touch sensors. 3M plans to ramp up its
total global touch sensor film manufacturing capacity to more than
600,000 square meters per month in 2014, which includes 3M™ Patterned
Silver Nanowire Touch Sensor Film, 3M™ Patterned Metal Mesh Touch Sensor
Film and 3M™ Advanced ITO Touch Sensor Film.
About 3M Company, Electronic Solutions Division
ESD is a leading provider of advanced electronic thin substrates and
sensors, components and comprehensive systems for enhancing and managing
electronic signal properties. The products help customers in consumer
electronics, touch panels, enterprise and networking, industrial and
factory automation, semiconductor and component markets worldwide. Learn
more at: http://www.3Melectronics.com.
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