Kowloon City, Hong Kong
Kowloon City, Hong Kong

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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Patent
Synaptics | Date: 2016-09-08

Methods and devices are described for operating an input device for an electronic system which includes a housing. The input device includes an input surface and a first substrate having a first plurality of sensor electrodes configured to sense input objects proximate the input surface, and a pair of force sensing electrodes on the bottom of the first substrate. The input device includes a second substrate having a planar spring plate including a perimeter region surrounding an interior region, the perimeter region including a leaf spring coupled to the housing, and a spacing layer configured to physically couple the interior region of the second substrate to the first substrate. A force applied to the input surface deflects the first substrate and the interior region relative to the perimeter region, changing a variable capacitance formed between the force sensing electrodes.


Patent
Synaptics | Date: 2016-06-22

Techniques for displaying a quality-improved image with reduced power consumption are provided. In one embodiment, a display panel driver is provided that includes a dithering section configured to receive first m-bit image data and configured to generate second image data by performing dithering on the first image data with n-bit dither values each selected from elements of a dither table, and a driver circuit configured to drive the source lines of a display panel in response to the second image data. In generating the second image data corresponding to first pixels belonging to a first pixel column, the dither values are selected from elements in a first column of the dither table, while the second image data corresponding to second pixels belonging to a second pixel column adjacent to the first pixel column, the dither values are selected from elements in a second column of the dither table.


Patent
Synaptics | Date: 2016-03-24

A method of operating a force-sensitive input device having an input surface comprises declaring a first press action upon detecting an amount of force applied to the input surface that exceeds a first no-press force value by at least a first press threshold value, determining a maximum force value applied to the input surface during the first press action, and setting a release threshold value for a subsequent release action based on the determined maximum force value.


Patent
Synaptics | Date: 2016-01-29

Disclosed is a biometric authentication system. The system comprises a biometric image sensor in an operative position with respect to a mechanical switch on a host electronic device and configured to sense biometric characteristics of a biometric object while the biometric object is operating the mechanical switch, the operating of the mechanical switch providing at least one of input and control to the host electronic device; and wake on event logic cooperating with at least one of the biometric image sensor and the host electronic device and configured to at least delay any response by the biometric image sensor or the host electronic device that increases power consumption by either the biometric image sensor or the host electronic device, beyond that needed for the performance, by at least one of the biometric image sensor and the host electronic device, of a bona fides analysis of an object being sensed while operating the mechanical switch, until a positive completion of the bona fides analysis determines that the object being sensed is an object desired to be sensed to perform a user authentication.


Patent
Synaptics | Date: 2016-03-31

Methods and systems for integrating image sensor structures with collimator filters, including manufacturing methods and associated structures for forming collimator filters at the wafer level for integration with image sensor semiconductor wafers. Methods of making an optical biometric sensor include forming a collimator filter layer on an image sensor wafer, wherein a plurality of light collimating apertures in the collimator filter layer are aligned with a plurality of light sensing elements in the image sensor wafer, and after forming the collimator filter layer on the image sensor wafer, singulating the image sensor wafer into a plurality of individual optical sensors.


Patent
Synaptics | Date: 2016-02-29

A fingerprint sensor which includes a conductive layer which is incorporatable within an electronic display is disclosed. The fingerprint sensor also includes a controller coupled to the conductive layer to capture a fingerprint image and can further be adapted to control the display.


A processing system for an input device having a sensing region overlapping an input surface and an array of sensor electrodes configured to form a plurality of proximity pixels and a plurality of force pixels. The processing system is configured to: determine a proximity image indicative of positional information for input objects; determine a force image indicative of local deflection of the input surface in response to force applied by the input objects; determine a respective group of proximity pixels from the proximity image corresponding to each input object; determine a respective group of force pixels from the force image corresponding to each determined group of proximity pixels; determine the position of each input object based on the determined groups of proximity pixels; and determine the force associated with each input object based on the determined groups of force pixels.


Devices and method are provided that facilitate improved input device performance. Specifically, the systems and methods are configured to identify a portion of an image of sensor values as corresponding to at least one sensed object in the sensing region, determine a polygon corresponding to the identified portion of the image, and determine a contact characterization of the at least one sensed object based on the polygon. The determination of a polygon corresponding to a sensed object facilitates improved contact characterization of the sensed object. For example, the determined polygon may be used to determine if the sensed object is actually more than one object. As a second example, the determined polygon may be used to determine the orientation of the sensed object. In addition, determined polygons may be used to more accurately track changes in the position of the sensed object.


A display device includes a display panel and a display driver driving the display panel. The display driver is connected to a host with a clock lane and at least one a data lane. The display driver includes: an interface circuit configured to receive an external clock signal from the host via the clock lane, receive a data signal from the host via the data lane, and output reception data transmitted over the data signal; a control circuit configured to output an internal clock signal synchronous with the external clock signal; and a drive circuitry configured to drive the display panel in response to image data included in the reception data in synchronization with the internal clock signal fed from the control circuit. The control circuit is configured to feed the internal clock signal in response to a type of a reception packet included in the reception data.


A novel system, device and method of validation is provided for sensing a biometric such as a fingerprint, where biometric data corresponding to the biometric entity such as a fingerprint is then transmitted to a host configured to perform a plurality of authentication processes to authenticate the biometric data. At least one of the plurality of authentication steps is then validated. Alternatively, a portion of the biometric data may be retained, where biometric data corresponding to the biometric is then transmitted to a host configured to perform a plurality of authentication steps to authenticate the biometric data. At least one of the plurality of authentication steps is then validated.

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