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Thursday, March 08, 2007, 07:00 am PT (10:00 am ET)

Apple seeks engineer for next-gen multi-touch displays

Although traditionally tight-lipped, Apple Inc. in a recent job posting has revealed plans to incorporate multi-touch display panels in more of its future products.

A solicitation for a "Senior Panel Process Engineer" posted to widely known job site on Thursday seeks an individual who will "lead the engineering activities to develop the new process and design for the multi-touch panel used in Apple products."

The Cupertino-based company said the individual will serve as a focal point in the designing and the process development of advanced multi-touch panels from concept to product ramp.

Among the many responsibilities that come with the job, Apple said, is that the new multi-touch panels be developed in such a way that they enable the best performance in both a functional and reliable way.

The ideal candidate, the company added, will need to have hands-on experience and proven track record in the design and development of the thin film process and its integration, or the front-end process in flat panel industry, including array, color filter and panel design.

"Experiences in developing and manufacturing high volume display products are preferred," Apple wrote.

Thus far, the consumer electronics maker has revealed plans to incorporate multi-touch displays only within its upcoming iPhone device. However, later this year it is expected to extend that technology to a new generation of its flagship video iPod players.