New KIA EV9 Utilizes TouchNetix’ Smart Surface for Dashboard Controls

Trondheim, Norway, 7th September 2023 – TouchNetix, a leading provider of user interface chips and next generation touch technology, today announces that its AX54A chip has been selected by Alps Electric Korea Co., Ltd. and KIA for the newly released KIA EV9 electric SUV.   

The aXiom AX54A chip enables a row of surface touch buttons. This feature is a hidden and back-lighted smart surface on the dashboard that is actuated by touching. The patented TouchNetix force sensing technology provides an additional layer of functional safety during user interaction. These buttons provide a home function for users alongside audio video navigation (AVN) for the infotainment system.

Through aXiom’s single chip technology, touch, force sensing and haptic triggering are also enabled, allowing KIA and Alps Alpine to integrate all these functions using one device.  

Jeong Byeongeon, Engineering Group Leader (R&D) at Alps Electric Korea Co. Ltd. commented, ‘Although a highly complex project, the expertise from TouchNetix’ engineering team has been crucial in providing a high-quality solution for KIA. Their on-site support and understanding of the product concept have proven pivotal. We look forward to working with TouchNetix again in the future.’ 

Vegard Wollan, CEO at TouchNetix added, ‘Developing this highly innovative solution alongside Alps Alpine has been a challenging but fantastic experience. Through close cooperation with the Alps Alpine team, we have developed a user friendly and intuitive solution for one of the world’s greatest automotive manufacturers. Our aXiom technology is increasingly being recognised as the perfect solution for hidden and back-lighted smart surfaces and I’m delighted to see this launched in the market for the first time with the KIA EV9.’ 

The AX54A is the perfect chip for smart surface solutions and delivers a whole host of additional features including: 

  • 3D proximity and hover sensing, enabling air gestures.
  • Unique multi-force sensing and low-latency haptic triggering.
  • Integrated support for passive and active Dial-on-Display.
  • Supporting curved shapes, thick lenses and finger guiding overlays.
  • Compatible with smart surfaces, including wood, plastic, foam, and leatherette.
  • Parallel multi-touch and multi-force, enabling safety-enhancing systemic redundancy.

The aXiom AX54A chip is available now and in stock. For details on ordering and delivery, please contact sales@touchnetix.com.

The KIA EV9 is currently available for sale in limited territories and the product listing can be found on the KIA website here.  For specific inquiries on the EV9 model please contact KIA directly.  

KIA and KIA EV9 are registered trademarks and belong solely to KIA.

Alps Electric Korea Co., Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alps Alpine Co., Ltd. based in Japan.

Passenger seat view looking towards button bar, infotainment system, and steering wheel. (Source: KIA)
Row of surface touch buttons beneath infotainment system. (Source: KIA)

Company Background Info

TouchNetix is a global leader in creating innovative and safety-enhancing user experiences based on touch technology. The aXiom product family creates new and innovative features for modern product development. TouchNetix manufactures chips and touch sensor modules for a world-wide customer base with offices in Norway, United Kingdom, Germany, USA, Korea, Taiwan and through several distribution partners.

TouchNetix’s aXiom chips are designed for all markets, including Automotive, Industrial, Appliance, Medical and Consumer markets. In addition to traditional multi-touch capabilities, aXiom enables touchless and 3D sensing above the surface, force-sensing as well as haptic triggering.

TouchNetix has decades of experience with capacitive touch technology and has a proven track record delivering to a global customer base. 

TouchNetix is QMS certified to ISO 9001 with an IATF-16949 certified supply chain, and aXiom chip products are qualified according to AEC-Q100 and are ASIL B ready certified.

Press Contact:

Asa Mallon

Marketing and Communications Coordinator – TouchNetix

Tel: +47 922 62 148

Email: asa.mallon@touchnetix.com

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