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".
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.