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Synaptics announces SecurePad, a FIDO-supporting touchpad

Synaptics announces SecurePad, a FIDO-supporting touchpad

With the FIDO Alliance announcing their new standard for authentication, a variety of methods for unlocking your device are now plausible and likely for the near future. One of those methods is biometrics, where a fingerprint is scanned, unlocking your device and/or the features within. To better take advantage of what FIDO is doing and provide us another layer of security without the need for a plug-in, Synaptics is announcing the SecurePad. By cobbling the fingerprint scanner into the touchpad you’re already familiar with, Synaptics hopes your next log-in won’t need the keyboard at all.

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Windows 8.1 Active Pen support revealed by Synaptics: “Note” realized

Windows 8.1 Active Pen support revealed by Synaptics: “Note” realized

It would seem that one of the biggest names behind the touchscreens you use every day, Synaptics, have made the push for a next-generation solution for Windows 8.1 with Active Pen abilities. What this means for future Windows 8.1 device makers is that they'll be able to say they've got pen support right out of the box and/or include a pen with the device they're creating. In what may prove to be a situation similar to what we've seen with the rather successful Samsung Galaxy Note series, the folks at Synaptics are making pen usage on devices - both mobile and stationary - a feature baked in at a hardware level.

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Synaptics acquires Validity to enter fingerprint ID market

Synaptics acquires Validity to enter fingerprint ID market

Biometric Fingerprint Authentication solutions group Validity have been announced this afternoon to have been acquired by human interface solutions group Synaptics. This acquisition will have the two growing companies aim for a new more solid goal in creating a full, top-to-bottom experience for tablets, smartphones, and notebook PCs. Technology developed by Validity will soon be integrated in with Synaptics own, "underscoring the company's commitment to making smart devices easier to use."

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Razer Edge Pro Gaming System touts Synaptics ClearPad touch technology

Razer Edge Pro Gaming System touts Synaptics ClearPad touch technology

This week the folks at Synaptics are making it clear what they've contributed to one of the most decorated gaming products at CES 2013: the Razer Edge Pro Gaming System. This machine has been shown as using none other than the Synaptics ClearPad 7300 Single-Chip Touch Controller, made with technology that's able to work with not only this device, but a wide variety of devices across the touch spectrum.

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Synaptics ForcePad aims to improve laptop trackpads

Synaptics ForcePad aims to improve laptop trackpads

Multitouch gestures on trackpads have become common place on laptops over the past few years, but they’re going to get a serious boost with the release of Windows 8. Synaptics is trying to make sure that the user experience will be up to snuff, today demoing its new ForcePad technology. The tech will not only bring improved sensitivity and multitouch gestures to touchpads, but also add support for force detection.

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Synaptics ClearPad 2200 offers precise multi-touch tech for smaller screens

Synaptics ClearPad 2200 offers precise multi-touch tech for smaller screens

Although high-end smartphones are all the rage right now, Synaptics, whose touchscreen technologies are used by Apple and many other major manufacturers, isn't neglecting the mid-range and entry-level markets. The company announced today a new Synaptics ClearPad 2200 touchscreen controller technology aimed at lower-range devices with screens smaller than 4 inches.

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Synaptics ClearPad 4 promises skinnier smartphones

Synaptics ClearPad 4 promises skinnier smartphones

Synaptics has outed its latest range of capacitive touchscreen systems for mobile devices, and the promise is even thinner electronics. The new ClearPad  Series 4 interface works with display-integrated touch panels - which combine the touchscreen layer and the display itself into one pane - and packages together the multitouch driver and the display driver itself.

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Synaptics 10.1-inch ClearPad 7200 Series multitouch panels target Win7 & Android slates

Synaptics 10.1-inch ClearPad 7200 Series multitouch panels target Win7 & Android slates

Synaptics has announced its play for the tablet touchscreen market, with the new ClearPad 7200 Series of capacitive touch-panels.  Available in sizes up to 10.1-inches, the ClearPad 7200 Series supports up to ten simultaneous points of contact together with the usual multitouch gestures like pinch-zoom and chiral-rotate.

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Synaptics shows off ClickPad and gesture control innovations at Computex

Synaptics shows off ClickPad and gesture control innovations at Computex

I think most of us will agree that it is great to see the lowly track pad on the notebook has made some very big changes for the better over the last few years. The track pad has gone from a simple pointing device to something that recognizes gestures and more.

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Synaptics Fuse hands-on [Video]

Synaptics Fuse hands-on [Video]

Synaptics' Fuse concept is starting to look a little prescient, now that we're seeing devices like the Motorola BACKFLIP and Notion Ink Adam putting trackpads on their rear panel despite also having touch-sensitive displays. We caught up with the Synaptics team at MWC 2010 this week to find out what they've been working on, and spend some very literal hands-on time with their Fuse prototype.

Video demo after the cut

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Synaptics Fuse concept packs smartphone with squeeze, stroke & scroll sensors [Video]

Synaptics Fuse concept packs smartphone with squeeze, stroke & scroll sensors [Video]

The last Synaptics concept we really got excited about was the Onyx smartphone - in fact we went all the way to the company's head office to play with their prototype - and now they're back with a new smartphone idea.  The Synaptics Fuse takes multitouch capacitive sensing and throws in force, grip and proximity sensing, along with haptic feedback and 3D graphics.  The end result is a squeezable smartphone that spreads its sensors not only across the touchscreen but down the sides, too, so as to be fully usable even with just one hand.  Fuse is a collaboration between Synaptics, TI, Immersion, TheAlloy and The Astonishing Tribe, and is based on a TI OMAP 3630 processor and a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen.

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Synaptics ClearPad 3000 Explained and Video Demo

Synaptics ClearPad 3000 Explained and Video Demo

Synaptics invited SlashGear to their headquarters in Santa Clara this week to take a look at their latest capacitive touch-panel technology.  The company has rebranded their existing ClearPad capacitive system to ClearPad 2000, so as to make room for their new flagship ClearPad 3000.  This new panel can recognize up to 10 simultaneous finger touches together with complex multi-finger gestures such as pinch, pivot-rotate and rotate, with reduced latency and increase accuracy over what we've seen from capacitive panels to-date.

Video demo of ClearPad 3000 after the cut

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