Trade Synaptics Incorporated
Synaptics is a publicly owned San Jose, California-based developer of human interface (HMI) hardware and software, including touchboards for laptops; Synaptics sells their products primarily to OEMs and screen manufacturers. since its founding in 1986, the company's outstanding innovations include the company's first ever computer touchpad, touch technology for the classic iPod wheel, touch sensors used in many Android phones, touch and display integrated driver chips (TDDI), biometric technology for fingerprint sensors. All touch and fingerprint technologies on smartphones were based on capacity sensing until the introduction of optical fingerprint sensor in late 2016. Scientists and Engineers Federico Faggin and Carver Meade Founded Synaptics in 1986, inspired by their interest in neural networks and how technology can mimic neural networks. Fagin and Meade applied their research and discoveries to neural networks and transistors on chips to build pattern recognition products. The company name is portmanteau, blending clamp and electronics. In 1991, Synaptics patented "winner take it all" duplicate circuits to teach neural networks how to recognize patterns and images, so-called because it uses principles Basic physics in order to choose the strongest signal from a range of different processors. During the synaptic early years, the laptop industry is struggling to make the devices thinner because the spherical tracking balls included in them required to build a thicker device. Synaptics founders recognized this issue, and in 1992, they used the pattern recognition techniques they developed to build the world's first touchpad. By 1994, Twinhead and Epson America adopted the Synaptics touchpad for their computers, followed by Apple in 1995 and later by other leading computer manufacturers of the time, including Compaq and Dell.