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Atmel and Corning Collaborate on Ultra-thin, Next-generation Touchscreens with Exceptional Multi-touch Functionality

Atmel XSense® flexible touch sensors and 0.4mm Corning® Gorilla® Glass enable groundbreaking, ultra-thin touchscreens for consumer, industrial, and emerging applications 

CORNING, N.Y., March 31, 2014 – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) and Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, today announced they are collaborating to develop ultra-thin capacitive touchscreens with superior multi-touch performance for next-generation applications.

This collaboration combines Atmel XSense® flexible touch sensors with 0.4mm damage-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass. Together, they deliver outstanding capacitive touch performance through thinner flat or curved cover glass.

Additionally, the unique circuit design of XSense enables narrower device borders, allowing for a more optimal viewing area. The combination enables industrial designers to create phones, tablets, notebooks, and other multi-touch devices with sleeker, lighter, and more contemporary touch interfaces without sacrificing reliability or performance.

Touch modules using cover glass thinner than 0.5 mm with relatively low conductive materials and non-optimal microcontrollers have been difficult to implement due to low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and aliased touch events, resulting in unsatisfactory multi-touch performance. XSense, combined with 0.4mm or curved Corning Gorilla Glass, enables exceptional multi-touch sensor panels that are thin, light, and damage-resistant.

“Our collaboration with Atmel accelerates the move toward thinner cover glass and enables the use of curved touchscreens for our customers designing next-generation applications,” said James Nagel, division vice president, Program Development, Corning Gorilla Glass, Corning Specialty Materials. “The toughness of 0.4mm and curved Gorilla Glass, coupled with the remarkable touch performance and flexibility of XSense® enables the most exciting consumer experience in the market today.”

“Designers are demanding thinner and lighter touchscreens but cannot compromise on multi-touch performance,” said Jalil Shaikh, vice president and general manager of Touch Materials, Atmel Corporation. “The combination of Corning’s Gorilla Glass with Atmel’s XSense®, flexible touch sensor delivers industry-leading, multi-touch performance while enabling thinner mobile devices with cutting-edge curved surfaces for tomorrow’s consumer applications.” 

A sample device that pairs Atmel XSense® flexible touch sensors with 0.4mm Gorilla Glass will be on display at Computex Taipei in Taiwan, June 3-7.

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About Atmel
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, communications, computing and automotive markets.

Atmel XSense Flexible Touch Sensors: www.atmel.com/xsense 
Atmel YouTube Channel: www.atmel.com/youtube 
Embedded Design Blog: www.atmelcorporation.wordpress.com 
Twitter: www.atmel.com/twitter 
LinkedIn: www.atmel.com/linkedin 
Facebook: www.atmel.com/facebook 

About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy, and metrology.

Media Relations Contacts – Corning: 
Anna I. Giambrone    
(607) 974-5933     
giambronai@corning.com       

M. Elizabeth Dann
(607) 974-4989
dannme@corning.com

Media Relations Contact – Atmel:
Agnes Toan
(408) 487-2963
agnes.toan@atmel.com

Investor Relations Contact – Corning:
Ann H.S. Nicholson  
(607) 974-6716
nicholsoas@corning.com

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