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Universal Stylus Initiative Elects Board of Directors and Adds Members to Support Adoption of Open Active Stylus Standard
[June 13, 2018]

Universal Stylus Initiative Elects Board of Directors and Adds Members to Support Adoption of Open Active Stylus Standard

The Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) elected eight member companies to its 2018 Board of Directors including representatives from Google, Hanvon, Intel, Lenovo, Solomon-Systech, Synaptics, Wacom and Waltop.

Also announced today was the addition of eight new members joining USI to support adoption of USI's Open Active Stylus Standard. BIC, Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd., and Sunwoda Electronic Co., Ltd., joined USI at the Contributor level. The following companies will participate at the Adopter level: Faber-Castell AG; HiDeep, Inc.; Parade Technologies, Ltd.; Pixart Imaging Inc.; STAEDTLER Mars GmbH & Co. KG and Thehan Inc. USI has over 30 global member companies and was formed to develop and promote an open industry specification for an active stylus. USI draws innovative member organizations from all regions of the globe reflecting the increasing worldwide interest in adoption and implementation of an open active stylus solution.

"USI has a strong Board of Directors, an active and growing membership and the first and only open, non-proprietary active stylus specification," said Peter Mueller, chairman, USI. "Indications are that there will be released products based on the USI 1.0 Specification available this year. The industry adoption of USI will provide consumers with more stylus options, new capabilities and great performance across multiple classes of devices."

USI 1.0: First Open, Non-proprietary Active Stylus Specification
The USI 1.0 Specification provides independent hardware vendors (IHVs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for the first time an industry standard, non-proprietary, active stylus protocol. It enables the OEM, IHV and software ecosystem to develop a new generation of active styluses that provide consumers a consistent, customizable and interoperable experience across make, model and form-factor.

The USI 1.0 Specification also enables new usages for active styluses, such as multiple styluses operating simultaneously on a single device. The USI specification can be implemented on a wide range of touch-enabled devices, including phones, tablets, computing and entertainment platforms.

About Universal Stylus Initiative
Launched in 2015, Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) is an international not-for-profit technology trade association whose mission is to define industry-wide standards for interoperable communication between an active stylus and touch-enabled devices such as phones, tablets, and computing and entertainment platforms. The USI specification provides for a stylus capable of communicating with different touch sensors and touch controller integrated circuits, so that users can employ the same stylus across numerous touch-enabled devices, as long as each device's touch controller is compliant with the USI specification.

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