NVIDIA gets big names to embrace DirectTouch tech in Tegra 3 devices (video)

Synaptics, Atmel,N-trig, Raydium, Cypress and Focaltech -- big names in the field of touch-based devices -- have all agreed get on board with NVIDIA's DirectTouch platform. The tech offloads some of the work needed to track and process finger input from the controller to the Tegra 3, improving response and battery life. We were first introduced to the architecture at CES, but wasn't clear that others would embrace it. With two of the biggest makers of touchscreen controllers, Synaptics and Atmel, throwing their weight behind the project, though, things are looking up for NVIDIA-powered tablets. N-trig is even leveraging the processing power to improve the response of capacitive styli by combining DirectTouch with DuoSense (the tech behind the HTC Flyer). For more info check out the PR and video after the break.

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N-trig and NVIDIA to Bring Smoother, More Responsive Pen and Multi-Touch Input to Tablets

N-trig's DuoSense and NVIDIA DirectTouch Architecture provide enhanced touchscreen experience on Tegra 3 devices

KFAR SABA, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--N-trig today announced a collaboration with NVIDIA to provide tablets with unparalleled pen and multi-touch performance and functionality. The combination of N-trig's DuoSense® pen and multi-touch user interface with NVIDIA DirectTouch™ architecture boosts performance and enhances the user experience.

"The additional processing power provided by Tegra 3 allows device manufacturers to offer enhanced pen and multi-touch performance without increasing cost or power consumption."
DirectTouch improves touch responsiveness by offloading a portion of the touch panel processing to the CPU cores in the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 processor, the world's only 4-PLUS-1™ quad-core processor with a fifth battery saver core. The architecture also simplifies the implementation of touch-based hardware and user interfaces, requiring less power while delivering more scalable performance.

Michael Rayfield, General Manager of the Mobile business at NVIDIA, said, "We're delighted to take our collaboration with N-trig to a new level in improving the touchscreen experience. The combination of DirectTouch with N-trig's DuoSense user interface will enable device-makers to offer their customers unprecedented precision for active pen and multi-touch processing."

N-trig DuoSense patented technology provides a pen and multi-touch user interface in a single device enabling true productivity in a mobile computing environment. The combination of multi-touch input and an intuitive, easy-to-use pen creates a truly Hands-on® experience for home, enterprise, and education. For example, in the education sector, DuoSense enables students to draw and sketch, take notes with handwriting recognition, and do homework directly on their e-textbooks resulting in a more versatile and creative way in which to interact with their computers.

"With this partnership, we bring advanced active pen and multi-touch capabilities to the tablet market, providing the user with the smoothest and most precise experience possible," said Amichai Ben-David, CEO of N-trig. "The additional processing power provided by Tegra 3 allows device manufacturers to offer enhanced pen and multi-touch performance without increasing cost or power consumption."

DuoSense supports all Windows, Android-based tablets and convertibles, and will be compatible with the Windows 8 operating system.

About N-trig

N-trig DuoSense® offers a complete solution to the ever-increasing demand for productivity on the move, utilizing pen capabilities for greater levels of interactive creativity, and advancing basic touch consumption to a much greater potential for simultaneous input, for a true Hands-on computing experience. Supporting various Windows, Linux and Android distributions, DuoSense can be implemented across a wide variety of form factors, including slates, netbooks, tablets and desktop replacements, supports all LCDs and a wide variety of industrial design options for mobile products, and keeps devices slim and light. N-trig has offices in Israel, the US, Taiwan, China and Japan. For more information, please visit

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leading developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment devices, today announced support for NVIDIA®'s DirectTouch™ architecture for the tablet market. Through its engineering partnership with NVIDIA, Synaptics continues to address consumer demand for thinner and lighter tablet devices that deliver an enhanced user experience. By collaborating with NVIDIA on DirectTouch, Synaptics offers OEMs broad choices on tablet touch solutions, including the recently announced high-performance, single asic ClearPad™ 7300, the industry's premier large touch screen solution.

With industry leading system-level engineering expertise, global design and technical support centers and over 1 billion capacitive touch solutions in the market, Synaptics is uniquely positioned to help enrich the success of the DirectTouch architecture. DirectTouch is a new technology of the NVIDIA Tegra® 3 processor, the world's only 4-PLUS-1™ quad-core processor with a fifth battery saver core.

Synaptics' partnership with NVIDIA leverages the company's lengthy tenure of innovation and design expertise in the touch space. OEMs will benefit from rapid development and fast time to market advantages due to the qualification nature of having both the touch and processor solutions offered in a single reference platform.

Michael Rayfield, General Manager of the Mobile business at NVIDIA, added, "Synaptics and NVIDIA are collaborating extensively to deliver an outstanding touchscreen experience to consumers. Combining DirectTouch with Synaptics' technologies provides an offering that will help partners create quad-core mobile devices with a super touch experience."

"Synaptics prides itself on developing key ecosystem partnerships with industry leaders, such as NVIDIA," said Rick Bergman, President and CEO of Synaptics. "We are confident that the user experience delivered by Tegra 3 with its 4-PLUS-1 quad-core processor will raise the performance and battery life bar in the exploding tablet market."

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About Synaptics
Synaptics delivers intelligent touch for intelligent devices as the leading human interface solution provider for the mobile computing, communications and digital home entertainment markets. The ClearPad™ touchscreen family supports devices ranging from entry-level mobile phones to tablets. The TouchPad™ family, including ClickPad™, is integrated into the majority of today's notebook PCs. Synaptics has shipped over 1 billion capacitive touch solutions to leading OEMs around the world. (NASDAQ: SYNA)

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