Human-Machine Interface (HMI) Sensors: The Next Frontier

Tue, Apr 9 2024, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm PDT        

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Human-Machine Interface (HMI) sensing technology has played a critical role in the forms of mechanical switches and rubber keypads used in health care, consumer electronics, and the automotive industry. However, the clumsy “push buttons” used for many years have been gradually replaced with seamless buttons such as on the steering wheel of electrical vehicles (EVs) as well as the touchscreens used in most smartphones. These smartphones and many EVs thus have the beautiful sleek design of a complete panel, or what is called a “smart surface.” As such, seamless buttons and touch surfaces which adopt a gapless design are now an important part of our daily life.

This talk will focus on new force-sensing technology that is transforming the user experience with machines. Included will be a discussion of their basic mechanisms, benefits, and use cases, and a comparison of these to the mechanical buttons and capacitive sensors used in earlier devices. Why force-based sensor solutions are the next leap in sensing technology will be explained, including how they are advancing industrial design in a wide range of applications. There will also be a detailed discussion of how Qorvo’s HMI sensing technology is fabricated mainly on a proprietary MEMS process, and how it can attach under either a touch surface or a capacitive touch display, or as the side button of a smartphone or smartwatch. This technology is able to detect a user’s input at multiple levels through virtually any material, shape, and thickness.


Human-Machine Interface (HMI) Sensors: The Next Frontier 2About the speaker,  “Sunny” Ying of Qorvo, Inc.

“Sunny” Ying is a Sr. System Integration Engineer at Qorvo, Inc. He has worked with smart surfaces and devices for eight years, as well as with integrated hardware, firmware, and software in various industrial and consumer products. Prior to Qorvo, Sunny was a Sr. Product Application Engineer at View, Inc., from its startup to going public, with its growth from 200 to over 1000 customer sites, and where he led the development and integration of the control system serving as the brain of millions of Smart Windows. He has a Masters in ECE from Cornell University.


Location: SEMI, Milpitas, CA

567 Yosemite Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035
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