An Introduction to Capacitive Sensing Technology

Synaptics is a world leader in capacitive touch sensing technology. This patented technology is at the heart of our industry-standard TouchPad products and other solutions. Since the introduction of the TouchPad, we have expanded our technology to include an advanced gesture library, Dual Mode functionality, as well as proximity sensing and more.

Why Capacitive?

Synaptics capacitive sensing technology has numerous advantages over competing technologies, such as resistive sensors and membrane switches.

  • Durability—Solid-state construction makes it extraordinarily rugged.
  • Flexibility—Synaptics capacitive sensors can be made extremely thin, lightweight, flexible, or even transparent.
  • Customization—Synaptics’ proprietary microprocessor makes it possible to build custom capacitive solutions for specific applications.