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Synaptics新思科技这个名字应该对长期使用笔电、并且亲自重灌过笔电的人而言不会是太陌生的公司名称,市面上有相当多笔记本电脑的触摸板都是采用它们的解决方案。新思所提供的不是单一的芯片或是面板技术,而是提供完整的解决方案,包括传感器、控制芯片以及驱动程序、触控手势逻辑等,而在智能手持装置的触控面板方面,新思也有将三成左右的市场占有率。

跳转是新思这次主要的新技术介绍。

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Computex 2011: Synaptics Showcases New Touch Solutions for Phone and Tablet

For those who install and manage their own notebooks, Synaptics is a name that should be familiar since quite some number of notebook on the market uses their solution for touchpad. Synaptics provides more than just chips or panel technology, they provide complete solutions that include sensors, controller chips, device driver, touch gestures logics and etc. And in the field of touch panels for smart handheld device, Synaptics holds around 30% of the market share.

Continue after the break for more information on some new technologies from Synaptics this year.

新思提供的完整解决方案当中,除了在硬件设计方面外,最重要的是能够提供多元的操作系统驱动,包括Symbian、RIM、Android、Linux以及Windows Phone等等,而由于产品可针对客户进行手势逻辑的客制化,能够协助客户在使用界面进行差异化,提供不同客户在同一平台下能够提供风格迥异的操作逻辑与手势支持。

目前新思针对触控显示产品提供5种不同的ClearPad触控解决方案,最入门的Series 1提供一般智慧手机单点触控手势,Series 2能够提供双点触控手势,而自Series 3起,包括Series 4与Series 7则都能提供多点触控手势。其中Series 3与Series 4都是针对智慧手机,Series 7则是针对平板等较大尺寸的产品,最大可支持11.6寸。

In the total solutions provided by Synaptics, apart from hardware design, most valuable part is the ability to provide device drivers support for multiple OS, such as Symbian, RIM, Android, Linux, Windows Phone and etc. And because products can be specifically customized with different gesture logic for customers, allow customer to create product differentiation in their user interface, hence different customers can have dramatically different styles of operating logics and gesture control under one unified platform.

AT the moment, Synaptics provide five different ClearPad touch solutions for touch control displays. The entry level Series 1 provides general smartphone with single point touch gesture support, Series 2 provides dual-point touch gesture support. And from Series 3 up, including Series 4 and Series 7, supports multi-touch gestures. Series 3 and Series 4 are made for smart phones, and Series 7 for tablet or similar products with the need for larger screen size, up to 11.6".
在传统触摸板方面,新思科技今年较大的进展,是为了满足笔电加大面积的触摸板对于多点触控的反应需求,已经提出采用I2C取代传统PS2接口,满足多点输入下所需要的带宽。而像是隐藏按键触摸板设计方面,新思目前也一直致力提供此类触摸板无论在那一处下压都能维持相同回馈的需求,希望提供客户更简约的笔电触摸板设计。
For traditional touchpad, Synaptics' most noticeable progress this year is to provide solution to satisfy the demand for better multi-touch responsiveness in notebook, largely caused by the increase in size for notebook touchpad, by putting forward the use of I2C to place the traditional PS2 interface, so bandwidth would be sufficient for multi-touch. As for the design progress for touchpad with invisible buttons, Synaptics strive to improve these kind of touchpad so the same level of feedback can be provided anywhere within the touchpad area, hoping to provide customer with more compactly designed touchpads.