William Beckenbaugh - Peratech Force Sensing Technology Solutions

Session 26: Biosensors & the Environment Around Us

Peratech Force Sensing Technology Solutions
Thursday, June 22, 2017 
2:35 PM - 3:00 PM

Peratech has pioneered a new generation of force sensing components based on our proprietary range of QTC (Quantum Tunneling Composite) additive-deposition inks compatible with flexible printed circuit material sets. Because of this ability to integrate Peratech’s nanomaterial-based composite onto existing electronics, Peratech offers engineers and designers low-profile sensor constructions with simple integration and rapid prototyping needed to rapidly create the next generation force-touch user interfaces in a wide range of electronics products. Coupled with our sensing circuit reference designs and software, incident forces from as little as 3 grams to over 20 Newtons can repeatedly be monitored. We will describe our QTC material system function, options for application into a broad range of component designs, and review our engineering methods for integration and assembly into products at the printed circuit and module levels. In the presentation summary, we will discuss the OEM product types currently in production or qualification in addition to new market segments with active developments requiring addition of dynamic force sensing to the capabilities for human to machine input.


Speaker's Biography

Dr. Beckenbaugh previously served as CTO of Multek, a division of Flextronics. He has over 40 years of diverse, executive-level technology, electronics manufacturing, and R&D leadership experience including C-level and VP positions at Motorola, Sanmina-SCI, HADCO, MFLEX, and Konarka Technologies, and as well as serving on the boards of several university and industry bodies. Dr. Beckenbaugh holds a BA in Chemistry from MacMurray College in Illinois and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He also completed Postdoctoral Research at Eidgennoessische Technische Hochschule, Laboratory for Solid State Physics, in Zurich, Switzerland.


William Beckenbaugh