The S1423 has been developed as a low footprint solution, using a single-layer sensor design and thin borders. It’s also highly energy efficient, using under six milliwatts of active power. As such, it’s aimed primarily at the wearables market, where it could be useful in devices such as smartwatches and even smartglasses. Commenting in a statement announcing the touch controller, Synaptics VP Tim Vehling said it was “purpose-built” for the wearables market, and that its “very low power, advanced touch capabilities, and small form factor address this market perfectly.”
It isn’t the only wearables solution that the company is promoting: Synaptics says its S1222 touch controller is currently in full production and is already being used in market-ready smartwatches. Meanwhile, with its TouchPad and Natural ID technologies now being integrated into a major new tablet from Lenovo, Synaptics is solidifying its position as a major supplier of user interface and biometric solutions for a broad swath of the consumer electronics market.