Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Synaptics shows off ultra-thin touchpads, keyboards

updated 04:18 pm EDT, Mon August 20, 2012

ThinTouch and ForcePad to slim down notebooks

Synaptics unveiled today two new device technologies aimed at significantly decreasing the space necessary for trackpads and keyboards on notebook computers. Thew new technologies -- ThinTouch and ForcePad -- cut between 40 and 50 percent off the width of current keyboard and touchpad designs, allowing more space for other components for cooling, increased battery capacity, or simply thinner notebook designs. The technology relies on capacitive sensing, and it should be appearing in notebooks some time next year.

Synaptics derived the technology in part from Pacinian, a company Synaptics acquired earlier this month. Panician has been focused for some time on capacitive keyboards, and ThinTouch is an outgrowth of that research. The capacitive keyboard is 50 percent thinner than traditional keyboards, and it has the capability to distinguish between levels of force input. As opposed to the traditional keyboard design, in which keys move vertically to touch a sensor, ThinTouch's keys move diagonally toward the typist, traveling the same physical distance, but in a smaller height. This design change produces largely the same physical feel as does a regular keyboard.

ForcePad allows a multi-finger capacitive TouchPad to read force inputs. The technology can differentiate between multiple levels of input at the same time, allowing a user to interact through the touchpad by pressing different items at different pressures.

The two features combined could serve to dramatically increase notebook battery life. Synaptics currently estimates that ForcePad and ThinTouch could save 17 and 34 percent on current battery life, respectively. The manufacturer did not reveal when the technologies will be available for consumers, but they should start shipping to PC makers some time in 2013. [via AnandTech]




By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

Prong PWR Case

Ultimately there's one thing we all want from smartphone accessories; we want options. When it comes to keeping our iPhone charged, we ...

iHome iBT74 Color Changing Bluetooth Speaker

There's no reason why your tech can't look good while doing what it was designed to do. That's the reason that sports cars look good a ...

Logitech Gaming Daedalus Prime Mouse

Logitech Gaming continues to expand upon its peripherals line, with each one looking to fit neatly into a breadth of gaming needs. Bui ...

Advertisement

toggle

Most Commented