Synaptics accelerating Cambrios ClearOhm conductive film use in capacitive touch sensors

April 8, 2011 – BUSINESS WIRE — Cambrios Technologies Corporation and Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA) entered into a Reference Design Partner Agreement.

Synaptics will develop reference designs incorporating Cambrios ClearOhm material as a transparent electrode in projected capacitive touch sensors. These reference designs incorporate Synaptics’ integrated circuits (ICs) and intellectual property (IP). This system-level solution will help enable a wide variety of clear, multi-touch solutions for electronic devices, such as smart phones and tablet computers, that exceed the performance characteristics of the incumbent indium tin oxide (ITO) sensor designs, at a lower price point. Synaptics expects to develop and release the first reference design incorporating ClearOhm material to customers this summer.

"This collaboration with Synaptics will enable exciting alternatives to current ITO touch sensors," said Dr. Michael Knapp, president and CEO of Cambrios.

Cambrios is an electronic materials company that develops proprietary, competitive products using nanotechnology. The company’s first product is ClearOhm coating material that produces a transparent, conductive film by wet processing. ClearOhm films have improved properties by comparison to currently used materials such as ITO and other transparent conductive oxides. Applications of ClearOhm coating material include transparent electrodes for touch screens, liquid crystal displays, e-paper, OLED devices, and thin film photovoltaics.

Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA) develops human 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.

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