Synaptics is gunning for the tablet market with its ClearPad 7200 touchscreen solution. OEMs can pick up Synaptics’ solution and integrate it easily into their tablet designs, which will give their products added functionality over competing products, such as 10-finger recognition, complex gesture support, high precision and low latency input. The ClearPad 7200 is designed to work with Windows 7 slates, Android tablets, and other Linux-based systems and will come in sizes up to 10.1 inches.
It looks like with capable hardware, we would still need capable software. With Android, the UI is already built and optimized for touch, but Microsoft will need to tweak its UI a bit more to get Windows 7 touch-friendly. Tablets using Synaptics’ ClearPad 7200 technology will begin shipping in late 2010.
For those unfamiliar, Synaptics is a leading maker of touchpads used on laptops and is a maker of touchscreens found on many modern phones, such as the NexusOne.