San Jose, CA -March 4, 2002 - Synaptics® Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) - an acknowledged leader in human interface solutions for mobile computing and communication devices - today announced that Toshiba will be incorporating Synaptics' cPad, a clear TouchPad integrated with a Three-Five Systems (NYSE:TFS) LCD, in its Satellite® 5105-S607 notebook.
"We are excited about our increasing success in the Japanese market, and that leading-edge customers, such as Toshiba, recognize the value our interface solutions bring to their products as a key differentiator in the notebook market," said Don Kirby, general manager of the PC Group at Synaptics. "cPad exemplifies Synaptics' dedication to innovation in custom human interface design for mobile computing and communication devices."
With Synaptics' revolutionary cPad, Toshiba's new notebook offers an array of features and functionality to its users. Some of cPad's features include an application launcher, wallpaper, sticky notes, signature input, and calculator. By using the Synaptics' cPad driver software, which is bundled with the Satellite 5105-S607 notebook, users can customize their cPad to take advantage of features such as wallpaper images, short cuts, tap zones and scrolling.
"As a leader in mobile computing, Toshiba recognizes the need to incorporate new technology that enhances the efficiency of the user," said Oscar Koenders, vice president of product marketing, Toshiba Computer Systems Group. "Toshiba is proud to be the first notebook vendor to embrace the unique cPad interface, delivering convenience and performance to our customers."
Utilizing Synaptics' capacitive ClearPad touch sensing technology, the cPad serves as both a navigation device for cursor control, and as a platform for interactive information display. cPad integrates a ClearPad sensor with a 240x160 pixel liquid crystal display and an EL-backlight. cPad communicates directly with the host computer via a standard USB interface that is fully compatible with the standard Microsoft mouse driver.
Synaptics has developed a cPad API that allows both OEMs and third-party developers to build unique software solutions to add custom functionality and features to the cPad.
About Synaptics Incorporated
Synaptics develops advanced interface solutions for products as diverse as notebook and desktop computers, mobile computing and communications devices, automotive applications and security solutions. Synaptics products include: TouchPadTM, the industry standard notebook pointing device; ClearPadTM, a capacitive touch screen solution; TouchStykTM, a modular and capacitive pointing stick solution; Spiral®, an inductive, proximity sensing pen input system; and QuickStroke®, the proprietary Chinese handwriting recognition software. More information about Synaptics can be found on the World Wide Web at www.synaptics.com
This press release contains "forward-looking" statements about Synaptics, Toshiba and Three-Five Systems, as that term is defined under the federal securities laws. Synaptics intends such forward-looking statements to be subject to the safe-harbor created by those laws. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, expectations of the market acceptability of the cPad product and Synaptics' success in the Japanese markets. Synaptics cautions that these statements are qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected by the forward-looking statements contained herein. Such factors include, but are not limited to: (a) market demand for the cPad product (b) market demand for OEM products using the cPad, and © the failure of the cPad product and OEM products using the cPad interface device to deliver commercially acceptable performance, and other risks as identified from time to time in Synaptics' SEC reports, including Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and Annual Reports on Form 10-K. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to Synaptics on the date hereof, and Synaptics assumes no obligation to update such statements.
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