Late last week I talked a bit about Synaptics’ smartphone touch technology, but today’s announcements apply to their role in the notebook space. Today Synaptics is announcing two new technologies: a pressure sensitive trackpad, and an ultrathin capacitive touch keyboard with mechanical keys. Both technologies are aimed at making notebooks even thinner, which helps explain their introduction prior to the arrival of Haswell Ultrabooks. As a recap, Synaptics and its competitors provide touch controllers to OEMs for use in their notebook trackpads. Its the combination of hardware, firmware and software that can make or break the experience. Currently most Ultrabooks use a top-hinged clickpad, where the entire tracking surface acts as a physical button. Since the clickpad has a hinge at the top, you...
Earlier this month Synaptics announced the acquisition of Pacinian, a company that focused on physical keyboards that used capacitive touch. To expand, Synaptics has to look beyond clickpad and...15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/20/2012
After Rick Bergman left AMD, a few familiar faces joined him at his new home Synaptics. Godfrey Cheng joined not too long after Bergman's departure as Synaptics' VP of...10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/17/2012
After snagging long time AMD/ATIer Godfrey Cheng, Synaptics is looking to significantly increase its public exposure. As a manufacturer of touch controllers and touch platforms in an increasingly touch...7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/8/2012
A couple of weeks ago one of my oldest friends in the industry, Godfrey Cheng, announced his resignation from AMD. Godfrey came over from the ATI side of the...11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/17/2012