Synaptics Samples Second Generation TDDI

San Jose, Calif. — Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA), the leading developer of human interface solutions, today announced sampling of ClearPad® 4300, its second generation touch and display driver integration (TDDI) product targeting smartphones and tablets. This new single-chip solution is the first to combine Synaptics’ best-in-class touch controller IP and systems level expertise with proven display driver…

NAND Flash Market Expands; Prices Decline

The global NAND flash market is growing at a CAGR of 10.1 percent to 2019, with market revenue expected to top $49 billion by 2019, according to the research report Global NAND Flash Market 2015-2019. At the same time, lower materials and manufacturing costs are helping manufacturers decrease NAND-flash ASPs. NAND flash-based storage devices are now considered…

CEA: Consumers Expect Less Tech Spending

It is only one data point out of many, but the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) Index of Consumer Expectations declined in May. The decline was 2.4 points from April to 173.7; however, May’s ICE remains higher year-over-year, as it has since May of 2009. “There is mounting apprehension around the economy,” said Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D.,…

Nokia Stays Out of Phone Business for Good

Nokia Corp. said it has no plans to re-enter the mobile communications handset market, effectively curbing growing speculations the company intended to make smartphones in China with a contract manufacturer. In an unusual response, Nokia issued a tersely-worded press statement stating clearly the reports about it intending to make smartphones were “false, and include comments…

LCD Driver IC/Touch IC Market Faces Price Decline

Although the electronics industry continues to explore alternatives to LCD technology, it is still a major player in electronics products. The technologies that support LCD, such as driver ICs, have a vested interest in the success of the LCD market. There have been some significant developments in the LCD driver IC and the touch IC…

Smartphone Displays: Still Room to Improve

Even someone that loves their smartphone will admit displays still have room for improvement. Apical Ltd., provider of advanced imaging technology to manufacturers of smartphones and other devices, unveiled the results of its annual smartphone survey.  The study illuminated some surprising data about how consumers engage with their smartphone as well as demonstrating continued smartphone display…