Synaptics Introduces Integrated Dual Pointing Module for Notebook Computers

11/19/2002 - Synaptics®, a leader in touch pads and other human interface solutions for mobile computing and communications devices, announced the availability of an integrated dual pointing module – combining both a TouchStyk and TouchPad into a single interface solution for notebook computers. This new integrated solution differs from traditional dual pointing devices in that it joins both pointing devices into a single module, creating a more cost effective and easier to integrate solution.

“By simplifying the design process for our OEM customers and making our solution more cost effective, we have made dual pointing a viable solution for OEMs to offer in their consumer notebooks,” said Don Kirby, General Manager of the PC Group at Synaptics. “Our research has indicated that younger and first-time notebook users appreciate having the option to use two interface devices, and even prefer the unique orientation of the integrated dual pointing solution in the notebook.”

The dual pointing system also allows OEMs who are looking to provide consumers with added value the ability to differentiate their consumer-oriented notebooks by offering an economical dual interface option.

“The adoption of dual pointing solutions for notebooks in the enterprise market over the past few years demonstrates the value of dual pointing solutions,” says Alan Promisel, research analyst at IDC’s Mobile Computing group. “Synaptics’ new integrated solution makes it possible for OEMs to offer the same benefits to the consumer market – a completely new alternative for consumer end users.”

About Synaptics
Synaptics develops advanced interface solutions for products as diverse as notebook and desktop computers, mobile computing and communications devices, automotive applications and security solutions. Synaptics products include: TouchPadTM, the industry standard notebook pointing device; ClearPadTM, a capacitive touch screen solution; TouchStykTM, a modular and capacitive pointing stick solution; Spiral®, an inductive, proximity sensing pen input system; and QuickStroke®, a proprietary Chinese handwriting recognition software.

Synaptics, the Synaptics logo, cPad, TouchPad, TouchStyk, ClearPad, Spiral, and QuickStroke are trademarks or registered trademarks of Synaptics.

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