Synaptics shows off multitouch screens to woo manufacturers
It’s hard to come by proper multitouch screens these days, as not everyone’s making it like Apple does. But Synaptics surely can pull some nice stuns. Well what do you expect from a long-running manufacturer of touchpads? The company has announced a suite of touchscreens called the ClearPad 7200 series in sizes ranging up to 10.1-inches, each offering the 10-point multitouch capacitive.
All these glassy screens support Windows 7, besides other big boys like Android and Linux and whatnot. What this means is, this ClearPad is totally ready to pop up of nowhere and get into just about any tablets out there any time now. Synaptics has it ready for OEMs currently, so we can expect multitouch-capable devices hitting our head by the end of the year. No word on cost though, but if you were looking to buy a couple-hundred thousand of them Synaptics would surely be happy to make you a deal.
Designed to support glass-based screens up to 10.1”, the ClearPad 7200 Series utilizes a high-performance, multi-ASIC based architecture that has the ability to distinguish up to 10 simultaneous finger touches and complex multi-finger gestures (such as pinch and rotate) with fine accuracy, low latency, high report rate, and precise finger disambiguation. Because consumer electronics products with large touchscreen requirements, like slates, are increasingly utilizing rich graphical user interfaces, the ClearPad 7200 Series is perfectly suited for products that require advanced power management and highly accurate sensing. The ClearPad 7200 Series, which will implement algorithms that provide accurate gesture detection, will support both I2C and USB interfaces, which is most commonly needed with consumer electronics devices that support Microsoft Windows 7 and Linux-based operating systems like Google Android. In addition, the Synaptics ClearPad 7200 Series will be fully compliant with the Microsoft Windows 7 Touch API for large touchscreens by being fully tested and certified in the Windows Hardware Quality Labs (“WHQL”).
“The ClearPad Series 7200 Series will allow Synaptics to address the tremendous opportunity in the large touchscreen space as users increasingly embrace consumer electronics devices with finger-based touch requirements,” said Mark Vena, senior vice president and general manager of Synaptics PC division. “Synaptics’ incomparable expertise in the handheld category with small touchscreens, strengthened by its TouchPad™ leadership in the notebook category, allows us to provide design, performance, and functionality advantages that go directly to our value proposition with customers.”