SNOA951 June 2016 LDC1312 , LDC1312-Q1 , LDC1314 , LDC1314-Q1 , LDC1612 , LDC1612-Q1 , LDC1614 , LDC1614-Q1
This application note covers the fundamentals of Touch-on-Metal (ToM) technology using an LDC1612 Inductance-to-Digital Converter (LDC) and provides guidance for constructing ToM buttons. Simple on and off buttons can be easily implemented using inductive sensing. Additionally, by using a high resolution LDC, microscopic movements in a flat metal button can be sensed and processed to determine how hard a given button was pressed. This approach allows reuse of existing metal surfaces commonly found in many applications such as consumer electronics and appliances. This report contains a design example for a multi-button brushed aluminum panel and provides guidance on the mechanical system and sensor design, as well as measured performance results of the complete system.