Synaptics Adds New Single-layer Touch Controller Solutions to its ClearPad Devices
Synaptics (News - Alert), a developer of human interface solutions, added a new line of single-layer touch controller solutions to its family of ClearPad devices. These solutions ensure optimum touch performance in entry level smartphones cost effectively.
China and many other merging markets are attractive for OEMs to expand their customer base but the cost of their flagship smartphones is prohibitively high for a majority of consumers. To overcome this situation device manufacturers are looking for ways to manufacture less expensive devices with advanced touch technology solutions to enhance user experiences.
Jimmy Lin, senior product marketing manager at Synaptics, said, “It’s no surprise that the market for low and ultra-low end smartphones has skyrocketed in key regions like China and other emerging markets, and will continue to grow exponentially over the next several years.”
The existing portfolio of Synaptics that caters to the entry level mobile market includes the ClearPad S2131 and ClearPad S2133. These provide full two finger support with free rotate gestures.
Similarly the ClearPad S2331 and ClearPad S2333 also feature five-finger performance that is preferred by Synaptics’ top OEM customers. Also these ClearPad solutions will support FaceDetect Plus which is a Synaptics patented technology. This can be used instead of the traditional Infrared (IR) sensors that turn off the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) when the phone is in operation.
In addition the ClearPad solutions render support for ultra-thin cover lens and ultra-narrow borders. They also support all single-layer touch stack-ups such as single-layer film, single-layer glass and sensor on lens.
“By continuing to develop our portfolio of single-layer solutions, Synaptics will help OEMs drive down the cost of ownership for low-end smartphones, allowing for more consumers to experience high-quality touch technology on their devices,” Lin added.
Recently Synaptics achieved compliance for Windows 8.1, the latest update to the Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows 8 OS, across its portfolio of touchscreen and TouchPad solutions. As a lead co-engineering partner with Microsoft in support of Windows 8.1, it is continuing its commitment to driving the “touch-first” experience brought to consumers via the unique Microsoft Windows 8.1 interface.
Edited by Ryan Sartor