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Posted: 31 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:touchscreen? multi-finger touch capability? CE?

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Addressing the growing trend of large touchscreen CE products, Synaptics Inc. launches the ClearPad 7200 Series. Using the company's all points addressable full image sensor technology, the touchscreens are suited for OEMs designing a wide range of products that require multi-finger touch capability, including clamshell notebooks, slates, tablets, and fourth screen devices such as digital photo frames and electronic readers.

The fourth screen category, which includes electronic readers, digital home controllers, and digital photo frames, is providing new ways for end users to create and consume content in a versatile multi-function capable device. These devices shed traditional keyboards and excessive buttons, substituted with a new demanding interaction model that is touch and gestures-based. High-performance touchscreen performance is critical for consumers to fully immerse themselves in the user experience of products.

"2010 will be remembered as the year when the slate category emerged as a compelling new form factor that consumers enthusiastically embraced for digital media consumption and untethered access to the Internet," said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies. "Touchscreen functionality is becoming a 'must have' feature that consumers are demanding to empower their digital lifestyles."

Designed to support glass-based screens up to 10.1in, the ClearPad 7200 Series uses a high-performance, multi-ASIC based architecture that has the ability to distinguish up to 10 simultaneous finger touches and complex multi-finger gestures such as pinch and rotate with fine accuracy, low latency, high report rate, and precise finger disambiguation. Because CE products with large touchscreen requirements, like slates, are increasingly utilizing rich graphical user interfaces, the ClearPad 7200 Series is suited for products that require advanced power management and highly accurate sensing. The ClearPad 7200 Series, which will implement algorithms that provide accurate gesture detection, will support both I�C and USB interfaces, which is most commonly needed with CE devices that support Microsoft Windows 7 and Linux-based operating systems like Google Android. In addition, the Synaptics ClearPad 7200 Series will be fully compliant with the Microsoft Windows 7 Touch API for large touchscreens by being fully tested and certified in the Windows Hardware Quality Labs ("WHQL").

"The ClearPad Series 7200 Series will allow Synaptics to address the tremendous opportunity in the large touchscreen space as users increasingly embrace CE devices with finger-based touch requirements," said Mark Vena, senior VP and general manager of the PC division, Synaptics.

Synaptics will work with OEMs and ecosystem suppliers on select "alpha" product engagements that will use ClearPad 7200 Series technology. Synaptics anticipates that OEM products featuring ClearPad 7200 Series technology will ship in late 2010.

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