Industry's First USB Dual Pointing Solution Introduced by Synaptics

3/19/2003 - Synaptics® Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leader in human interface solutions for mobile computing and communications devices, announced that IBM will use Synaptics’ USB dual pointing solution in its UltraNavTM system for a new USB keyboard. This marks the industry’s first USB dual pointing device, and the first IBM USB keyboard to contain both a TrackPointTM pointing device and TouchPadTM.

“The same attention to improved ergonomics and increased usability found on IBM’s ThinkPad T30 is now available on a USB keyboard,” said Don Kirby, General Manager of the PC Group at Synaptics. “Synaptics’ relationship with IBM allows for continued innovation in custom interface development and leadership in next generation mobile and desktop computing navigation devices.”

To complement the UltraNav system, IBM has created a customized software wizard, in a question-and-answer format, making it simple for users to configure individual preferences on the dual pointing solution.

"Dual pointing device solutions deliver a significant increase in desktop flexibility and usability," explains Randy Giusto, Vice President, Personal Technologies and Services, of market research firm IDC. "By offering interface options on a USB keyboard and easy-to-use configurable software, you can provide technology leadership to meet the specific needs of the end user."

About Synaptics Incorporated
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 capacitive pointing stick solution; Spiral®, an inductive, proximity sensing pen input system; cPadTM, an LCD TouchPad; TouchScreen, a capacitive touch solution for large displays; and QuickStroke®, a proprietary Chinese handwriting recognition software. More information about Synaptics can be found on the World Wide Web at

Synaptics, the Synaptics logo, cPad, TouchPad, TouchStyk, ClearPad, Spiral, and QuickStroke are trademarks or registered trademarks of Synaptics. IBM, TrackPoint and UltraNav are trademarks of International Business Machine Corporation.

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