Synaptics Announces Support for Windows 8 Touch Specifications for Both Touchscreen and TouchPad™ Interfaces

Development and Collaboration Effort for Windows 8 Drives the Next Generation Touch-Centric User Experience for Slates and Notebooks

Sep 14, 2011, 09:00 ET from Synaptics Inc.

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leading developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment devices, today announced at the Microsoft BUILD conference that it is leading the development of both the direct (slates) and indirect (traditional clamshell notebook) touch interfaces, as a co-engineering partner with Microsoft, to support Windows 8. Synaptics is proud to be leveraging the knowledge gained from shipping over 1 billion devices since 1995, in over 1,800 unique solutions, to become the only touch provider with solutions optimized for both touchscreen and touch pad interfaces. Synaptics will work closely with OEMs, host processor providers and sensor partners to create reference designs and OEM solutions that maximize Microsoft's "Touch First" experience for Windows 8, resulting in fast and fluid, intuitive multi-touch user experiences.

The Synaptics image sensing Series 7 premier touchscreen solutions, and the InterTouch-enabled ClickPad™ with Synaptics' multi-touch driver, enable Microsoft's new "Touch First" user experience. The Synaptics indirect ClickPad solution leverages Microsoft's Multi-Touch Injection API, new with Windows 8, together with the Synaptics Multi-Touch Windows 8 driver to provide a seamless multi-touch application experience with its TouchPad family of solutions.

"Synaptics is proud to be collaborating with Microsoft on defining the next generation of hardware and software standards that will result in an enhanced end user experience for PC users everywhere," said Ted Theocheung, vice president of Synaptics PC and Digital Home Division. "With over a year invested in the development effort to refine a highly innovative and intuitive multi-touch experience, we are confident that Synaptics is the ideal partner for OEMs and ecosystem partners interested in delivering a premium touch experience that meets the Windows 8 touch user experience performance scorecard and HID-I2C and HID-USB interface specifications." Synaptics' industry leading system level design and integration expertise and ecosystem partnerships promise to help drive the new wave of touch-based computing interactions in Windows 8.

For the latest information on Synaptics' products and solutions for Windows 8, Microsoft BUILD attendees can stop by booth #36 or check out OEMs, please contact your local Synaptics sales representative for more details. For the most recent Synaptics news, follow @SynaCorp on Twitter.

About Synaptics

Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA) is a leading developer of human interface solutions for the mobile computing, communications, and entertainment industries. The company creates interface solutions for a variety of devices including notebook PCs, PC peripherals, tablets, and mobile phones. The TouchPad™, Synaptics' flagship product, is integrated into a majority of today's notebook computers. Consumer electronics and computing manufacturers use Synaptics' solutions to enrich the interaction between humans and intelligent devices through improved usability, functionality, and industrial design. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking" statements about Synaptics, 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, statements regarding the company's confidence that it is the ideal partner for OEMs and ecosystem partners interested in delivering a premium touch experience and Synaptics' expectations that through its industry leading system level design and integration expertise and ecosystem partnerships Synaptics will help drive the new wave of touch-based computing interactions in Windows 8. 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) demand for Synaptics' products, (b) market demand for OEMs' products using Synaptics' solutions, (c) changing market demand trends in the markets Synaptics serves, (d) the success of customers' products that utilize Synaptics' product solutions, (e) the development and launch cycles of customers' products, (f) market pressures on selling prices, (g) changes in product mix, (h) the market acceptance of Synaptics' product solutions compared with competitors solutions, (i) general economic conditions, including consumer confidence and demand, and (j) other risks as identified from time to time in Synaptics' reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to Synaptics on the date hereof, and Synaptics assumes no obligation to update such statements.

Synaptics, TouchPad, ClickPad and the Synaptics logo are trademarks of Synaptics in the United States and/or other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

For further information, please contact:

Nick Rottler Synaptics 408-454-5388        

Katie Yatskan Edelman for Synaptics 650-762-2824

SOURCE Synaptics Inc.