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January 12, 2009

Synaptics Intros Advanced Gestures and Mobile Computing Technology

Synaptics, a developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment devices, has announced new TouchPad solutions for PC OEMs and ODMs who develop and design notebooks ranging from netbooks to large, powerhouse mobile workstations.

Synaptics (News - Alert) claims their new TouchPad solutions offer a more dynamic, enriching and productive user experience for consumers and business users. The company is demonstrating a new suite of multi- finger gestures that, when combined with larger TouchPads, provides users with a powerful and intuitive way to be more productive and interactive with their notebook systems.
Also, the company will showcase a variety of mobile devices from major cell phone manufacturers featuring Synaptics' ClearPad touchscreen-based interface solutions at the CES (News - Alert) event.
Synaptics first introduced its TouchPad in a notebook computer in 1995, and since then has continued to expand its capabilities, adding value, intuitiveness, and enhanced end user productivity to notebook designs, noted Mark Vena, vice president of Synaptics' PC Business Unit.
The company is confident that the combination of larger TouchPads and their new advanced gestures offer faster, easier, and more meaningful ways for people to interact with their notebook computers.
The Synaptics Gesture Suite 2009 (SGS) makes it intuitive for consumers to easily understand and discover features, resulting in a better user experience. The company said SGS represents a growing portfolio of gestures available on Synaptics interface solutions. Compatible with a number of Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows applications these new gestures enhance the value and productivity of notebook PCs and peripheral devices that use Synaptics TouchPads.
Synaptics’ Large TouchPad technology also includes a new hardware pattern design that extends previous size limitations. The resulting larger "active area" of the TouchPad (up to 5.8" diagonal) may be applied in bigger powerhouse PC notebooks. The larger TouchPads tend to provide enhanced usability to users when utilizing the entire portfolio of new and previously announced Synaptics gestures.

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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