Phone Accessory Powerhouse Taps Synaptics for Capacitive Touch Interface Technology and Design Expertise
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Synaptics Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNA), a leading developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications, and entertainment devices, announced today that it has secured a significant design win with GN Netcom for its Bluetooth Jabra GO(TM) 6400 series headset. The Jabra GO 6400 is one of the most advanced wireless headsets with a unique application of capacitive touch technology to control volume and microphone muting. GN Netcom, a world leader in the development, marketing and sales of office, contact center, and mobile headsets, is using Synaptics’ capacitive touch technology to deliver a stylish new Bluetooth headset with sleek controls. The intuitive scrolling movements allow for easy volume control on the new device.
In a market where form, style, and ease of use are major product differentiators, Synaptics’ capacitive touch interfaces address all of these requirements for hands-free headset designers. The new GN Netcom, Jabra-branded headset employs a capacitive sensor, which eliminates the need for mechanical headset buttons and allows for elegant design–even with curved surfaces. The design win marks Synaptics’ expansion into the phone accessory market, while placing GN Netcom at the forefront of mobile innovation leaders.
GN Netcom is using the Synaptics Design Studio(TM)–a configurable, turnkey solution that leverages Synaptics’ capacitive interface expertise with a focus on design integration and usability, sensitivity tuning, and board testing. Synaptics Design Studio is a family of capacitive sensing chips, easy to use GUI-based design and development tools, and documentation that guides OEMs through the process–from initial concept to mass production.
“Synaptics Design Studio provides flexible design tools that have allowed us to create a custom design quickly and easily for the new Jabra headset,” said Tomasz J. Goldman, vice president, Technology Management, GN Netcom. “Capacitive touch controls deliver outstanding usability and are ideal for innovative industrial design. The addition of Synaptics capacitive interface technology to our headset product line will keep us at the forefront of the industry.”
“We are pleased to be working with GN Netcom to bring a new standard of design excellence and usability to the phone accessories market,” said Gopal Garg, senior vice president of Synaptics handheld business and corporate marketing. “This design win demonstrates how our flexible and innovative touch solutions can be applied to a wide range of devices to improve the human interface.”
The Jabra GO 6400 headset will be available Q3 2009. Jabra is a brand by GN Netcom A/S.
For more information on GN Netcom and Jabra, visit http://www.jabra.com.
For more information on Synaptics OneTouch Design Studio, visit http://www.synaptics.com/solutions/products/onetouch.
About GN Netcom
Through its Jabra brand, GN Netcom is a world leader in innovative headset solutions. With around 900 employees and sales offices around the world, GN Netcom develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of wireless headsets and speakerphones for mobile users and both wireless and corded headsets for contact centre and office-based users. GN Netcom’s business activities also include its original equipment manufacturing (OEM) business. GN Netcom is a subsidiary of GN Store Nord A/S.
Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA) is a leading developer of 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, digital music players, and mobile phones. The TouchPad(TM), 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, Calif. www.synaptics.com
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