6/12/2002 - Synaptics, a leader in touch pads and other human interface solutions for mobile computing and communications devices, and CityOne Network Communication Company, Ltd., today announced an agreement where Synaptics will develop and manufacture a TouchPad module for short text message input for integration into CityOne public access telephones in China. The module will combine Synaptics’ proprietary QuickStroke® Chinese character recognition software with a Synaptics capacitive TouchPad to form a stand-alone module designed for integration into public telephones, as well as home telephone handsets. The telecommunications market in China is ideal for implementations of Synaptics technology because of the limitations of keypads for Chinese character and data input. To send a short message using a public telephone today, the user must type the pinyin phonetic spelling of a Chinese character using the Western alphabet on the telephone keypad. Synaptics’ character recognition software will allow the user to input Chinese characters using standard strokes.
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