MWC 2013: Synaptics announces ClearPad 3400 and Single-Layer On-Cell solution

Synaptic had a few new things to announce at Mobile World Congress 2013 today, with “touch” obviously being the focus. Synaptics’ announcements include the ClearPad 3400 and Single-Layer On-Cell multitouch solution.

The ClearPad 3400 is a new capacitive multitouch panel for high-end smartphones, allowing for great precision and accuracy. The ClearPad 3400 still retains such accuracy during the presence of noise interference, which is a bigger deal than one might normally believe. With sizes up to 6 inches, the ClearPad 3400 may find its way into a handful of upcoming phablet devices, and the panel even supports styluses down to only 2mm small.

Synaptics’ second announcement was a Single-Layer On-Cell multitouch solution that kills the need of a discrete touch sensor, and allows the panel itself the be much thinner. Aimed at mid-range smartphone devices, the new SLOC can support up to 5 finger multitouch and will help manufacturers with mass production of such handsets in the market.

Most of the best tech isn’t right is in front of your face, but you wouldn’t think twice about it. Synaptics has been leading the way with great innovations in touch technology and its two latest announcements prove just that!

Check out both press releases below!

Synaptics Delivers Next-Generation, High-Performance ClearPad™ 3400 Touchscreen Solution for Flagship Smartphones

ClearPad 3400-Enabled Touchscreens Deliver an Unparalleled Level of Responsiveness and Accuracy


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Feb. 25, 2013 – Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leading developer of human interface solutions, today announced the launch of its ClearPad™ 3400 high-performance capacitive touchscreen solution for premium smartphones. As high-end smartphone designs continue to push the envelope with even more sophisticated capabilities and high-performance applications, from ultra-fast Web browsing to console-quality gaming, the need for extremely accurate touchscreen performance with minimal latency and noise interference is a must have. The ClearPad 3400 addresses this need and is specifically designed to enable the smoothest, most precise touchscreen experience for premium smartphones with displays of up to six inches.


Building on the strength of the ClearPad 3200, the ClearPad 3400 features a redesigned Analog Front End (AFE), an integrated charge pump, and advanced filtering algorithms for industry-leading Signal-to-Noise (SNR) and Signal-to-Interference performance. With the highest level of noise immunity, ClearPad 3400 performs with precision even in the presence of noise interference, which can be exacerbated by a range of factors, including the use of noisy handset power supplies. ClearPad 3400’s high SNR and advanced algorithms also enable accurate multitouch performance under a wide range of scenarios, such as in the presence of moisture or with gloved fingers.


As OEMs also look to implement more flexible input options for consumers, the Synaptics ClearPad 3400 allows simultaneous pen and finger touch recognition, passive pen tracking with pinpoint accuracy, and linearity and jitter control that functions with any number of fingers and styluses as small as 2mm.


Synaptics’ world-class global engineering support, industry-leading design tools and flexible delivery model all help simplify the process of implementing the market-leading ClearPad family of solutions. ClearPad 3400 supports a wide range of sensor stackups, enabling thinner designs and increased OEM flexibility.


“The first point of interaction consumers have with their smartphones is typically with the touchscreen, and as device sophistication continues to accelerate, the overall touchscreen experience is becoming even more critical,” said Kevin Barber, senior vice president and general manager of the Smart Display Division. “Synaptics built the ClearPad 3400 with this in mind. With the ClearPad 3400, OEMs can be confident they’re providing end users with the smoothest, most accurate touch experience available today.”



Synaptics Launches Single Layer On-Cell Multitouch Solution for Touch Integration into Displays

Synaptics Raises the Bar in Touch Display Integration Technology with Cost-Effective, Single-Layer Touch Display for Thinner, Lighter, More Responsive Entry-Level Smartphones


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Feb. 25, 2013 – Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leading developer of human interface solutions, today announced that its ClearPad™ Single Layer On-Cell (SLOC) capacitive touch solution, with its patented sensor design, is sampling with leading Liquid Crystal Manufacturers (LCMs). SLOC completely eliminates the discrete sensor, has no need for side borders, and delivers five finger support for feature-rich, entry-level smartphones. With its simplified manufacturing process, SLOC empowers OEMs to efficiently enter mass production in rapidly expanding entry-level smartphone markets such as Greater China.


Synaptics’ SLOC solution delivers improved performance over current discrete single layer touch solutions. LCMs and OEMs both benefit from the fast time-to-market as SLOC can work with any LCD type or resolution. Synaptics’ world-class global engineering support, industry-leading design tools and flexible delivery model all help the LCM simplify the process of implementing the SLOC solution into their display manufacturing process.


“With the China smartphone market poised to grow exponentially in the coming quarters, it is crucial for technology leaders to drive the adoption of touch solutions in entry-level smartphones,” said Tim Bajarin, president at Creative Strategies, Inc. “Synaptics is the preeminent human interface solution provider and has taken the lead in delivering the high-performance, high-value solutions that the market demands.”


“With the industry’s broadest product portfolio, Synaptics is proud to deliver industry-changing touch solutions that support a full range of smartphones from our global customer base,” says Kevin Barber, senior vice president and general manager of the Smart Display Division. “We will continue to raise the bar on performance, delivery and overall value as the market for high-performance human interface solutions continues to grow exponentially.”


Synaptics will be showcasing its portfolio of human interface products at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain from February 25th through February 28th in a private meeting space (Hall 2, #2MR102) by appointment only. Customers and suppliers are encouraged to contact their Synaptics partner to arrange a meeting time at MWC. Media are encouraged to contact to arrange a meeting time.


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