Synaptics Debuts ScrollStrip Interface Solution for MP3 Players

6/24/2004 - Synaptics® Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leading developer of interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment devices, has introduced a customized version of its ScrollStripTM interface solution. This latest release brings robust scrolling functionality to MP3 players and other personal digital entertainment (PDE) devices. The ScrollStrip is currently shipping into a new MP3 player.

While the functionality remains similar to a traditional mechanical scrolling wheel, the ScrollStrip solution offers advanced features, such as gestures for short and long distance scrolling. Much like a laptop TouchPad, users can also tap on the ScrollStrip to select an item. With the ScrollStrip interface, navigating through long playlists is simple, fast and intuitive.

“Today’s MP3 players store thousands of songs. It is therefore critical to have an intuitive interface solution that provides quick and easy access to content, such as playlists and controls,” explains Clark Foy, vice president of marketing at Synaptics. “We are pleased to work closely with leading consumer electronics companies who understand the importance of interface solutions and want to deliver increased functionality and usability to their end users.”

“Sleek designs and intuitive user interfaces are two important factors that affect consumers’ decisions of what MP3 player to buy,” explains Cindy McCurley, Industry Analyst for In-Stat/MDR's Converging Markets and Technologies Group. “Today’s products are offering increasing storage capacities, and interfaces like ScrollStrip, which simplify navigation, are becoming increasingly important.”

The ScrollStrip is a robust and reliable interface solution that can be mounted beneath plastic for increased durability, making the interface immune to environmental factors such as moisture and dirt. For more information about the Synaptics ScrollStrip, contact

About Synaptics Incorporated
Synaptics is a leading developer of interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment devices, with its products found in over 50 percent of today's notebook computers. Synaptics' engineered solutions for device manufacturers include: TouchPadTM the industry standard notebook navigation device; TouchStykTM, a modular capacitive pointing stick solution; SpeakerPadTM, an integrated audio speaker and notebook TouchPad; LuxPadTM, an illuminated TouchPad: TouchRingTM, a one dimensional scrolling solution for MP3 devices; 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, ScrollStrip and TouchPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Synaptics.

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