July 22, 2009 at 6:34 pm
Synaptics has unveiled a new line-up of touchscreen platforms for phones, PMPs and UMPC devices. The company is known for providing the touchpad technology in many of today’s netbooks. The new touchscreen platform has been nicknamed ‘Clearpad’ and comes in three different series (1000, 2000 and 3000).
The most expensive touchscreen is the Clearpad 3000 which features 48 sensing channels along with focused power management so that battery life doesn’t get drained too quickly. This particular screen will come in sizes up to 8-inches and will support up to 10 finger multi-touch. This particular screen is targeted for social handheld gaming and navigation devices.
The Clearpad 2000 series is not a new screen and is instead just rebranded from the current Synaptics “Clearpad” screen. This particular screen supports two-finger gestures such as pinch and pivot rotate. It is targeted at mid-range devices. The Clearpad 1000 series has a borderless touchscreen and is designed for entry-level devices. This particular touchscreen is not multi-touch but does enable you to do several gestures including Single Tap, Double Tap, Tap & Hold, Flick, and Press.
The Clearpad 3000 series will start shipping by the end of the year whilst the Clearpad 1000 will ship to OEMs in August. Check out some videos of the Clearpad 3000 touchscreen in action below.