Synaptics Patent Grants

Multi-step incremental switching scheme

Granted: August 22, 2017
Patent Number: 9740351
A capacitance measurement circuit cancels background capacitance while reducing charge leakage and supply ripples during reset phases and integrate phases. The capacitance measurement circuit operates a first switch into a linear mode causing a first resistance in the first switch, and after a delay, operates a second switch into a saturation mode causing a second resistance in parallel to the first resistance.

Flexible frequency shifting in a capacitive image sensor

Granted: August 22, 2017
Patent Number: 9740354
An example processing system for a capacitive sensing device includes sensor circuitry coupled to first and second pluralities of sensor electrodes. The sensor circuitry is configured to, in a first sensing operation, drive the first plurality of sensor electrodes at a first sensing frequency and the second plurality of sensor electrodes a second sensing frequency to acquire first changes in capacitance and second changes in capacitance, respectively, wherein the first and second sensing…

Sensor array with split-drive differential sensing

Granted: August 22, 2017
Patent Number: 9740326
A device for capacitive sensing includes: a plurality of sensor electrodes, the plurality of sensor electrodes comprising: a plurality of receiver electrodes and a plurality of transmitter electrodes, wherein a transmitter electrode of the plurality of transmitter electrodes comprises a first portion and a second portion with a separation between the first portion and the second portion; and a processing system, configured to: drive the first portion of the transmitter electrode with a…

Active pen sensing for a display device having an integrated sensing device

Granted: August 22, 2017
Patent Number: 9740347
A processing system (and associated input device and method) is disclosed that includes a display module configured to drive a display signal onto a plurality of sensor electrodes for updating a display, and a sensor module configured to communicate with the plurality of sensor electrodes. The sensor module is configured to, in a first mode of operation, operate the plurality of sensor electrodes to receive an active input from an active input device, and in a second mode of operation,…

Capacitive sensing pattern

Granted: August 22, 2017
Patent Number: 9740348
A capacitive input device comprises a plurality of receiver electrodes and a plurality of transmitter electrodes. The plurality of receiver sensor electrodes is oriented substantially parallel to a first axis proximate to a sensing region of the capacitive input device. The plurality of transmitter sensor electrodes is oriented substantially parallel to a second axis proximate to the sensing region and configured to be capacitively coupled with the plurality of receiver sensor…

Integrated display device and sensing device with force sensing

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9733756
An example integrated display device and capacitive sensing device having an input surface includes a plurality of sensor electrodes. Each of the plurality of sensor electrodes includes at least one common electrode configured for display updating and capacitive sensing. The device further includes at least one conductive electrode, wherein the plurality of sensor electrodes are disposed between the input surface and the at least one conductive electrode and wherein the plurality of…

Touch detecting circuit and semiconductor integrated circuit using the same

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9727164
A touch detecting circuit is allowed to adaptively operate in accordance with an interconnection length to a sensor capacitor of an object to be detected. For example, the touch detecting circuit has a configuration capable of adjusting a threshold value for determination touch and non-touch or a configuration capable of adjusting detection sensitivity of a detection circuit that is connected to the sensor capacitor. For example, the touch detecting circuit has a configuration which…

Capacitive sensor pattern

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9727176
A capacitive sensor pattern comprises a first plurality of sensor electrode elements, a second plurality of sensor electrode elements, and a third plurality of sensor electrode elements. The first plurality of sensor electrode elements is disposed in a first layer above a substrate. The second plurality of sensor electrode elements is disposed above the substrate in an additional layer. At least one of the second plurality of sensor electrode elements is physically coupled with at least…

Method and system for low ground mass correction

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9727181
A processing system for an input device includes a sensor module coupled to first sensor electrodes and second sensor electrodes. The sensor module includes sensor circuitry and is configured to acquire mutual capacitive measurements between the first sensor electrodes and the second sensor electrodes, and acquire absolute capacitive measurements of the first sensor electrodes and the second sensor electrodes. The processing system further includes a determination module configured to…

System and method for measuring individual force in multi-object sensing

Granted: August 1, 2017
Patent Number: 9720538
An input device is provided that facilitates improved user interface functionality by determining force information for each of multiple objects in a sensing region. The input device includes a processing system, a sensor configured to sense objects in a sensing region proximate a surface, and a plurality of force sensors. The plurality of force sensors are coupled to the surface to provide a plurality of measures of force applied to the surface. The processing system is configured to…

Arrangement of sensor pads and display driver pads for input device

Granted: August 1, 2017
Patent Number: 9720541
The disclosure generally describes input devices with associated processing system configured to perform display updating and capacitive sensing. The processing system includes first and second pluralities of display driver pads coupled with a plurality of source lines, and a plurality of sensor pads disposed between the first and second pluralities of display driver pads and coupled with a plurality of sensor electrodes through a plurality of conductive routing traces. The plurality of…

Input device including fold over sensor substrate

Granted: August 1, 2017
Patent Number: 9720553
A sensor substrate for use with an input device of an electronic system includes a plurality of sensor electrodes disposed on the sensor substrate; a first segment for use with a touch pad area of the input device; and a second segment for use with a button area of the input device; wherein the touch pad area and the button area do not overlap, and further wherein the first and second segments comprise a single, contiguous sheet of material.

Method and apparatus for fingerprint image reconstruction

Granted: August 1, 2017
Patent Number: 9721137
An apparatus and method for obtaining a biometric image is disclosed, which may comprise: providing a biometric image sensor which may comprise one of a one dimensional swiped sensor array, a two dimensional swiped sensor array and a two dimensional placement sensor array, each of which may comprise a capacitive gap sensor measuring a change in a transmitted signal received as a received signal, based upon changes in the transmitted signal passing through a biometric, the biometric image…

Multi-resolution fingerprint sensor

Granted: August 1, 2017
Patent Number: 9721142
Multi-resolution fingerprint sensors and methods of using the same are provided. The multi-resolution fingerprint sensors each include a portion of the imaging area or region of the sensor that provides higher imaging resolution than the remaining imaging area of the sensor. The area of higher resolution is useful for anti-spoofing purposes, but because only a portion of the sensor is higher-resolution, advantageously it will not impact hardware costs nearly as much as a sensor that was…

Low latency modification of display frames

Granted: August 1, 2017
Patent Number: 9721365
This disclosure generally provides an input device that includes a by-pass path for improving latency between a touch controller and a display driver. In one embodiment, the by-pass path directly connects the touch controller and display driver, thereby by-passing a host processor (e.g., a central processing unit (CPU) or graphic processing unit (GPU)) in the input device. By doing so, the input device can detect user input and update a display to reflect the user input faster than if…

Power supply circuit, display panel driver and display device incorporating the same

Granted: August 1, 2017
Patent Number: 9721524
A semiconductor integrated circuit includes a power line and a power supply circuitry. The power supply circuitry includes: a first power supply circuit operating on a first power supply voltage and having an output connected with the power line; and a second power supply circuit operating on a second power supply voltage higher than the first power supply voltage and having an output connected with the power line. The first power supply circuit is configured to drive the power line to a…

Pre-charging a gate electrode before resuming display updating

Granted: July 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9715291
Embodiments of the present invention generally provide a display line selection system. The display line selection system includes a first register element configured to select a first gate electrode to update a first display line during a first display update period and transfer charge to a second register element during the first display update period. The second register element is configured to select a second gate electrode to update a second display line during a second display…

Flexible display and touch driver IC architecture

Granted: July 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9715297
A display and touch driver architecture is described that includes a plurality of source drivers and a processing system. The processing system operates receivers within the source drivers to selectively receive sensing data from the receivers and determines positional information based on the sensing data. The processing system may selectively operate different source drivers in low power modes and/or for capacitive sensing based on the determined positional information.

Regular via pattern for sensor-based input device

Granted: July 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9715304
This disclosure generally describes an input device, a display device having an integrated capacitive sensing device, and an assembly for an input device. The input device comprises a plurality of sensor electrodes disposed in a first layer, and a processing system configured to detect presence of input objects in a sensing region defined proximate to the plurality of sensor electrodes. The input device further comprises a plurality of routing traces disposed in a second layer and…

Input device having anti-static layer bypass

Granted: July 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9715312
An input device having an anti-static layer coupled to a grounding element such as a cellphone bottom chassis via a current hindering circuit having a resistive circuit element. Without the current hindering circuit having a resistive circuit element, a large amount of the current from an input object would flow through the connection to the grounding element and would not flow to a receiver channel for processing. This decreases the signal strength within the receiver channel, making…