toggle

AAPL Stock: 129.64 ( + 0.69 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Synaptics buys iPhone display chip supplier Renesas SP Drivers

updated 01:09 pm EDT, Wed June 11, 2014

Deal should bring Synaptics back into Apple chain

Synaptics has bought out Renesas SP Drivers in a deal worth $475 million, Reuters writes. The latter is a joint venture between Renesas, Sharp, and Powerchip, and produces all of the display chips for the Apple iPhone, though it does have other clients for products like fingerprint sensors. It in fact controls 90 percent of the fingerprint sensor market, thanks to having bought out Validity last year.

The acquisition should bring Synpatics back into the Apple supply chain. At one point the company produced the wheels used on iPods, but lost out when Apple decided to bring touch technology in-house. "Our better opportunities are really complementary technologies to what they do internally. And at this junction I don't believe they do any driver chips internally so that would really be an opportunity for us," says Synaptics CEO Rick Bergman.

Apple was actually rumored has wanting to buy SP Drivers, but talks allegedly broke down earlier this year. Synaptics' plans are said to involve developing a single-chip product that combines its touch technology with SP Drivers' chip designs. That could in theory improve the cost and performance of displays for devices like smartphones.




by MacNN Staff

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

Jorno Bluetooth keyboard and stand

The Jorno Bluetooth keyboard and stand for tablets certainly looks nice. The gunmetal grey shell of the keyboard looks great while the ...

Apple 12-inch Retina MacBook

It is an exciting time for consumer technology, with gadgets and devices that once used to the stuff of dreams now coming to fruition. ...

JBL Synchros Reflect in-ear headphones

All headphones are not created equally, especially when it comes to use during vigorous activities or workouts. Over-the-ear headphone ...

toggle

Most Commented