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Synaptics develops human interface solutions for consumer electronics companies, such as Acer, Apple Inc., Asus, Dell, Gateway, HP, HTC, Lenovo, LG, Logitech, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Sony Ericsson, and Toshiba. The products include touchpads and touchscreens for devices including notebook PCs, PC peripherals, mobile phones, digital music players, and remote controls. Wikipedia.


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Synaptics | Date: 2017-01-20

A processing system for a capacitive sensing device includes a sensor module and a determination module. The sensor module is coupled to transmitter electrodes and receiver electrodes. The sensor module is configured to transmit transmitter signals with the transmitter electrodes and receive resulting signals with the receiver electrodes. The resulting signals include effects corresponding to the transmitter signals. The determination module is configured to determine response values from the resulting signals, and determine a first adjusted response value by applying a negative multiplier to a first response value of the response values. The first response value is a negative value. The determination module is further configured to determine positional information for a first input object based on at least one of the first adjusted response value and a second response value of the response values, and report the positional information. The second response value is a positive response value.


An example processing system for a capacitive input device includes sensor circuitry configured to drive a plurality of sensor electrodes with capacitive sensing signals over time to acquire capacitive values of a plurality of capacitive frames. The processing system includes a determination module configured to analyze a first capacitive frame of the plurality of capacitive frames to identify a force event by detecting that a rate of change of a first capacitive value in the, first capacitive frame exceeds a first threshold. The determination module is configured to determine a change in capacitance between the first capacitive value and a baseline value, and analyze a second capacitive frame of the plurality of capacitive frames acquired after the force event to adjust the baseline value responsive to a difference between the baseline value and a second capacitive value in the second capacitive frame falling below a second threshold.


Patent
Synaptics | Date: 2016-12-19

A biometric imager may comprise a plurality of sensor element traces formed in or on a sensor substrate which may comprise at least a portion of a display screen defining a biometric sensing area and forming in-active pixel locations; an auxiliary active circuit formed in or on the sensor substrate on the periphery of the biometric sensing area and in direct or indirect electrical contact with the sensor element traces; and providing a signal processing interface to a remotely located controller integrated circuit. The sensor element traces may form a portion of one dimensional linear sensor array or pixel locations in a two dimensional grid array capacitive gap biometric imaging sensor. The auxiliary circuit may provide pixel location selection or pixel signal amplification. The auxiliary circuit may be mounted on a surface of the display screen. The auxiliary circuit further comprising a separate pixel location selection controller circuit.


Patent
Synaptics | Date: 2016-10-25

The booster precharges a boost-voltage-output terminal to a predetermined voltage before voltage-boosting start by a charge-pump circuit in the booster. While alternately switching one capacitive electrode of a pumping capacitance between first and second voltages, the charge-pump circuit periodically applies a third voltage to the other capacitive electrode, in which the voltage is boosted by lifting up the third voltage each switching. The resultant boost voltage is successively supplied to a stabilization capacitance through a MOS switch circuit for output. Thus, a boost voltage boosted to a sum voltage of the second and third voltages can be obtained. Using a precharge voltage produced by the precharge circuit in the booster as the third voltage can make a MOS switch circuit operable to supply the third voltage and the MOS switch circuit for boost voltage output smaller than a voltage under the sum voltage of the second and third voltages.


An input device may include a sensor substrate that including various sensor electrodes. The sensor electrodes may detect a location of one or more input objects. The input device may include a contact area coupled with the sensor substrate. The contact area may include a protective coating residue and a solder element array disposed on the contact area. The input device may include an electrical ground ohmically coupled to the contact area through the solder element array.


Patent
Synaptics | Date: 2017-01-09

Embodiments of the invention generally provide an input device with display screens that periodically update (refresh) the screen by selectively driving common electrodes corresponding to pixels in a display line. In general, the input devices drive each electrode until each display line (and each pixel) of a display frame is updated. In addition to updating the display, the input device may perform capacitive sensing using the display screen as a proximity sensing area. To do this, the input device may interleave periods of capacitive sensing between periods of updating the display based on a display frame. For example, the input device may update the first half of display lines of the display screen, pause display updating, perform capacitive sensing, and finish updating the rest of the display lines. Further still, the input device may use common electrodes for both updating the display and performing capacitive sensing.


An input device and related method and processing system are disclosed. The input device comprises a sensing assembly attached with a conductive reference element, the sensing assembly comprising a plurality of sensor electrodes capacitively coupled with the conductive reference element and defining a surface. The input device further comprises a switching element configured to couple the conductive reference element with a selected one of a plurality of reference voltages. A first capacitive measurement is acquired while the conductive reference element is coupled with a first reference voltage, and a second capacitive measurement is acquired while the conductive reference element is coupled with a second reference voltage.


Patent
Synaptics | Date: 2016-11-11

The overdrive amplifier may include: a differential input circuit arranged by connecting, in a folded-cascode style, input transistors supplied with an input signal at gates, and feedback input transistors accepting the feedback of an output signal at respective gates; a current mirror load having mirror input current paths connected to current paths of the feedback input transistors, and mirror output current paths connected to current paths of the input transistors; an output circuit accepting the input of output control signals from the mirror output current paths of the current mirror load; and an overdrive circuit which causes bias currents of directions which boost an output of the output circuit, depending on the output control signals, to pass through the current mirror load based on the output control signals in an overdrive period.


A keyboard including a plurality of key assemblies configured to be pressed by an input object. A subset of the plurality of key assemblies each includes a key cap and a first electrode pair underneath the key cap and configured to detect key motion in response to downward force applied by the input object. The key cap also includes a second electrode pair disposed underneath the key cap and configured to detect positional information about the input object interacting with the key cap.


Patent
Synaptics | Date: 2017-02-13

A fingerprint sensing module includes a sensor substrate having a sensing side and a circuit side, an image sensor including conductive traces on the circuit side of the sensor substrate, and a sensor circuit including at least one integrated circuit mounted on the circuit side of the sensor substrate and electrically connected to the image sensor. The sensor substrate may be a flexible substrate. The module may include a velocity sensor on the sensor substrate or on a separate substrate. The module may further include a rigid substrate, and the sensor substrate may be affixed to the rigid substrate.

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