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Synaptics touchpad technology used in latest iPods

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Friday, February 25, 2005
News Categories: iPod

Synaptics has confirmed that its touchpad technology is used in the latest iPod photo and iPod mini models, putting to rest speculation that Apple would develop its own iPod touchpad interface using Cypress Semiconductor chips. “Yesterday Apple announced several new iPods and we are confirming that our interface solutions are being used in those products,” Synaptics said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing this week. “As has been the case since our initial product introductions in fiscal 1996, we compete for designs on a product by product basis and have no assurances from any of our OEM customers that they will utilize our interface solutions in any of their future products.” Rumors first started to swirl when it was revealed earlier this month that Apple partnered with Cypress for the innovative touchpad on the latest PowerBook revision.

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Comments

1

So does this mean that the newest iPods have better touch sensitive click wheels?? Or does it make a difference at all?

Posted by kainjow on February 25, 2005 at 9:30 AM (PDT)

2

was his used in the older ipods or is it new? and if it is does this mean that there are still differences to be revealed between the old ipod photos and minis and the new ones?

Posted by KAZ in Bronx on February 25, 2005 at 9:34 AM (PDT)

3

Big Deal!

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on February 25, 2005 at 10:12 AM (PDT)

4

Synaptics have made all of the wheels on iPods so far:

Original Scroll Wheel
Touch Wheel
The 3G’s Touch Wheel/Button combination
The Click Wheel

On a side note they also make the Creative Zen’s Touch strip (or whatever it is called).

Posted by Daveoc64 in UK on February 25, 2005 at 12:39 PM (PDT)

5

Holy crap I don’t care!

Posted by schnikies79 in evansville, in on February 27, 2005 at 1:38 PM (PDT)

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