Have you heard of in-cell touchscreen technology? If so, you might be wondering what it means. From smartphones and tablets to human machine interfaces (HMI) and more, many touchscreens are now designed with in-cell technology. It’s a common characteristic of capacitive touchscreens. If you own a capacitive touchscreen, it may feature in-cell technology. This post takes a closer look at in-cell technology while revealing how it works and the benefits it offers.

Overview of In-Cell Technology

In-cell technology is a design standard that allows for smaller, slimmer touchscreens. In the past, touchscreens were larger and thicker. It wasn’t until the past few decades when touchscreens became smaller and slimmer. So, what is in-cell technology?

With in-cell technology, the digitizer of a touchscreen is embedded within its display layer. All touchscreens have a digitizer. It’s the component that converts analog touch signals into digital signals so that the touchscreen’s computer can process them. Touchscreens with in-cell technology have a digitizer that’s integrated directly into the display layer.

In-Cell Technology Benefits

The main benefit of in-cell technology is that it allows for touchscreens in a smaller size and a lower profile. Before it was invented, touchscreens typically had two layers on top: They had a top display layer, followed by an underlying digitizer layer. In-cell technology eliminates the need for two layers. Instead, it combines the display and digitizer into a single layer, thereby allowing for a smaller and slimmer size.

Another benefit of in-cell technology is improved clarity. The display will be clearer if there’s no separate digitizer layer. The presence of two layers can create cloudy or murky images. Touchscreens may still work if they have two layers, but they won’t offer the same crystal-clear images as in-cell touchscreens with an integrated display and digitizer layer.

In-cell technology can even reduce the weight of a touchscreen. Touchscreens with both a display layer and a digitizer layer weigh more than those with a single and integrated layer. It’s not a substantial difference, but the use of in-cell technology can lower the weight of a touchscreen nonetheless.

In Conclusion

In-cell technology refers to a standard in which touchscreens are designed with an integrated display and digitizer layer. In other words, they have a single layer that features both the display and digitizer. In-cell technology allows for a smaller and slimmer design, improved visual clarity and a lower weight.