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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.
Negotations between Apple and Renesas Electronics for a potential buyout of Renesas SP Drivers have broken down, according to Reuters. As a result, Renesas is said to have shifted focus to another potential investor, Synaptics, a fellow smartphone chip supplier. Renesas SP Drivers is a joint venture with Sharp and Powerchip that develops display drivers and controllers.
One-time Samsung partner and fingerprint ID technology manufacturer Validity Sensors is being purchased by human interface technology company Synaptics for an offering said to be worth up to $255 million. The company will pay around $92.5 million in cash and stock, with the remainder arriving over the next "several years" in performance-based payments.
NVIDIA just ahead of Mobile World Congress on Saturday lined up partners for its unique DirectTouch (PDF interface technology. Atmel, Cypress, N-Trig, and Synaptics will have touchscreen controllers that can use NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 to handle some of the touch input processing instead of just their own circuitry. The method not only improves the responsiveness dramatically but could lower power use by keeping just one chip active.
Human interface hardware maker Synaptics has just details its ClearPad 2200 multi-touch controller meant for smartphones with touchscreens sized at under four inches. The capacitive panel will be the most responsive touchscreen in the industry, its maker promises, thanks to low latency and a high signal-to-noise ratio. It will achieve this by being the first to use Synaptics' SignalClarity tech.
IFixIt has torn down the Series 5 3G ChromeBook and revealed the hardware underneath its skin. All that was required for the teardown was a spudger, a plastic opening tool and a Philips #1 screwdriver. The notebook is also slimmer than the original ChromeBook, the Google Cr-48. It also houses a more competent Atom N455 processor with 512K more of L2 cache compared to the 1.66GHz Atom N570.
Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play has edged closer to a release in the past day with two official appearances. Rogers has put up a pre-order page for both the Xperia Play and its more straightforward Xperia Arc sibling. Both of the Android 2.3 phones will cost $100 on a three-year contract.
Software company Synaptics on Monday released a beta version of Scrybe, or software that lets users perform gesture workflows for more efficient productivity. Part of the Synaptics Gesture Suite (SGS) 9.4, the program will let users perform more efficient gesture commands on their touchpads, including writing characters and selecting multiple items. The company's software will also allow users to personalize gesture commands for specific tasks.
Barnes & Noble's Nook e-book reader has been subjected to a teardown and hack that reveals much of the bookseller's work on the device. It's now known by NookDevs that the Nook is running a stock version of Android 1.5 and is only customized primarily to mask the regular interface and optimize it for the device's unique dual-display design. Inside, it's known to use a Samsung S3C6410 ARM processor that could render OpenGL ES 2.0-level graphics and runs on a simple 2GB SanDisk microSD card.
Synaptics on Monday revealed a concept phone design that shows input methods beyond touchscreens. The Fuse, co-designed by TheAlloy and The Astonishing Tribe, has a multi-touch capacitive screen but also embeds grip and touch sensors on the sides that can recognize when the phone is squeezed or touched beyond its display. It would even have basic touch control from the back of the phone to provide control without blocking the screen itself.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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