Keyboards and smartphones
Synaptics is sponsoring a context, closing August 24, for users who want to suggest gestures of their own. The company will write its own Win 8 drivers and is already shipping software developers’ kits for the touch pads.
Next year, Synaptics plans to debut its first keyboards that are not only about 40 percent thinner than current models, but support its capacitive ForcePad technology.
“We want to own the entire surface area of the PC,” said Cheng.
Synaptics acquired its key board technology with Pacinian (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) in June. The company also acquired video display operations of IDT and an LCD controller unit of the former National Semiconductor to enable it to create integrated LCD and touch screen controllers.
The company’s Series 4 touch screen technology for smartphones is sampling now, using the integrated chips. It reduces touch-response latency up to 70 percent, Synaptics claims. The company also provides a suite of tools and an Android App to help OEMs integrate the technology.
Separately, Synaptics is already enabling Sony and other LCD makers to integrate its capacitive touch screen materials into their display stacks. Sony and Samsung handsets shipping now use the technology that Synaptics claims will be employed in more than half of all smartphones in 2014.
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Synaptics is integrating its touch screens into LCD displays enabling thinner devices.