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ClearPad® Touch Controllers

What’s more natural than the human touch? ClearPad solutions from Synaptics bring that human touch to a new dimension by dramatically enhancing users' interaction with smartphones, tablets, wearables, autos and other devices. The extensive ClearPad line is a family of capacitive-touch controllers tailored for specific applications no matter the screen size. The controllers' minimal size, low power requirements and array of other key innovations enable manufacturers to differentiate their products significantly.

Features & Benefits


ClearForce enables ClearPad with a new dimension in user interfaces, with features such as scrolling, zoom, gaming, and text or photo editing by applying variable force with a finger or stylus.


SideTouch gives smartphone users an entirely new way to scroll and take photos -- through controls built into the side of the devices.


ClearPad controllers' sensitivity allows touch gestures on a display even when users are wearing gloves.

Moisture Functionality

Damp or oily fingers are no match for ClearPad's ability to function even in moist conditions.

User-Defined Gestures

Users can create their own shortcuts and customized gestures to unlock their phones, launch apps, and more.


Sensors can be triggered through close proximity -- even without users touching the screen.

Multi-Function Pen

ClearPad multi-function-pen support enables precision writing and drawing through powered styluses.


FaceDetect distinguishes between a user’s finger and face, protecting against unintended gestures on a smartphone’s display.

Passive Pen

Non-battery-powered styluses also are supported by ClearPad, enabling the use of less-expensive alternatives.

Ultra Compact

A small die size and ultra-low power make ClearPad ideal for applications on wearable devices such as a smart watch.

Certified for Automotive

ClearPad touch controllers are certified for demanding automotive applications the user larger displays.

Ideal for Wearables

ClearPad touch controllers make wearables compact, feature-rich and power-efficient.

Design Studio Streamlines
Touchscreen Design

ClearPad touch controllers are fully supported by Synaptics Design Studio, which delivers a comprehensive, start-to-finish array of tools to simplify the design of touchscreens and bring them to market faster.

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Synaptics Design Studio streamlines the touchscreen design process, while reducing total design cost and accelerating the time to market. The tool suite assists designers in creating optimal products that are tightly aligned with target design and performance specifications. Design Studio works seamlessly with multiple display configurations and stack-ups, including discrete sensor, on-glass-sensor, on-cell, and in-cell solutions.

Design Studio includes tuning and configuration wizards, production test tools, and diagnostics tools that configure and test chips and modules built using Synaptics capacitive sensing technology. Choice of materials, thickness of glass, and system architecture impact touch performance. Synaptics Design Studio allows designers to set firmware parameters (such as baseline capacitance and operating frequency) to optimize the touch performance of a particular touchscreen design. The result is excellent responsiveness, sensitivity and finger-tracking. The tools also allow the designer to enable and configure advanced features such as side touch, moisture tolerance, and gesture recognition.

For integrated touch and display controllers, Design Studio also allows designers to adjust color settings -- gamma, warmth, white point, color targets, backlight intensity -- to optimize and tailor the display performance of a particular design.  The result: Vibrant images, excellent color and low power consumption.


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