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Synaptics Buys Key Apple Supplier 38

Posted by samzenpus
from the circle-of-business dept.
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes Synaptics Inc., of touchpad fame, is acquiring Renesas SP Drivers Inc, a division of Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp. Renesas SP is the exclusive supplier of Apple's display driver chips for the iPhone. While Synaptics is a major supplier of touchscreen technology to clients such as Samsung, they have not done business with Apple for some eight years. Characterized as 'thrilled' to be back in Apple's supply chain, Synaptics CEO, Rick Bergman, is quoted as saying, '... I don't believe they do any driver chips internally so that would really be an opportunity for us.'
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Synaptics Buys Key Apple Supplier

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  • by mirix (1649853) on Thursday June 12, 2014 @04:42AM (#47220299)

    Some company bought a division of a company that makes an IC that apple uses. Wow.

    Renesas is the merger of partial-spinoffs of semiconductor divisions from NEC, Hitachi, and Mistubishi, for people that don't recognize the brand.

    • by fermion (181285)
      The story here might be that Apple is going to be looking for a new supplier. This has repercussions for investor in the sector.
  • by chrish (4714)

    It would be significantly better news if Synaptics had bought whoever provides the Mac laptop touch pads and/or whoever creates the drivers for those. Then Windows laptops could start having good track pads.

    I wonder if that's the reason for Windows 8 being touch-focused... an end-run around the terrible track pads infesting Windows laptops.

    Seriously, the hardware in my IdeaPad 500 is great, except for the horrible, horrible track pad. And the Canadian Bilingual keyboard, but that's my fault for not paying e

    • by drinkypoo (153816)

      I've got three laptops with touchpads, of them two have synaptics and one has alps. The alps is nothing to write home about, both synaptics are wonderful devices which are completely flush with the palm rest (a small sensory divot aside) and which have subtle texture to help you gauge your finger motion, as well as multitouch with support for rotation and zoom. I don't think that synaptics needs to buy anyone in order to put good touchpads in windows machines. They even support one, two, or three-finger tap

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