Synaptics Patent Grants

Using a printed circuit to offset charge during capacitive sensing

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9658722
In a method of capacitive sensing an absolute capacitive sensing signal is driven through at least one of a plurality of routing traces of a printed circuit. Absolute capacitive sensing is performed with at least one sensor electrode of a plurality of sensor electrodes in a sensor electrode pattern. The at least one sensor electrode is coupled with the at least one of the plurality of routing traces. An offsetting signal is transmitted on a parallel conductor overlapping the at least one…

Fingerprint sensor and button combinations and methods of making same

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9651513
It will be understood by those skilled in the art that there is disclosed in the present application a biometric sensor that may comprise a plurality of a first type of signal traces formed on a first surface of a first layer of a multi-layer laminate package; at least one trace of a second type, formed on a second surface of the first layer or on a first surface of a second layer of the multi-layer laminate package; and connection vias in at least the first layer electrically connecting…

Top mount clickpad module for bi-level basin

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652057
An input device for use with an electronic system. The input device includes: a substantially planar input surface comprising a capacitive sensor layer configured to sense positional information for an input object, the input surface having a first zone and a second zone, wherein the second zone is configured to deflect in response to force applied to the second zone by the input object; a stiffener substrate having a first portion affixed to a bottom surface of the first zone, and at…

Low-latency touch feedback

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652060
Embodiments of the present invention generally provide a touch screen controller coupled to a touch sensor, a display, and a central processing unit. The touch screen controller is configured to detect first touch input received by the touch sensor and change a visual characteristic of the display upon detecting the first touch input. Detecting the first touch input and changing the visual characteristic are performed while the central processing unit is in a sleep state.

Press hard and move gesture

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652069
A method. The method may include obtaining force information regarding an input force applied by an input object to a sensing region of an input device. The method may include determining, using the force information, that the input force exceeds a first force threshold. The method may include determining, using the force information, whether the input force exceeds a second force threshold. The method may include obtaining positional information for an input object in the sensing region…

Full in-cell sensor

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652072
A display device having an integrated capacitive sensing device includes receiver electrodes disposed on a back side of a color filter glass. Transmitter electrodes of the capacitive sensing device are configured with a size and geometry that reduces the capacitive coupling between the transmitter and receiver electrodes. The transmitter electrodes may be made of one or more prongs or segments from a segmented common electrode.

Ramp digital to analog converter

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9653038
A source driver for a display, including: a current source that provides an approximately constant current; and multiple channels coupled to multiple source electrodes and including multiple digital to analog converters (DAC), each DAC including: a voltage source that applies a voltage to a source electrode based on the approximately constant current provided by the current source; and a control unit having circuitry that: inputs a digital value; and terminates, based on the digital…

Single receiver superdoze mode

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9645633
An input device, including: a plurality of sensor electrodes configured to receive a first plurality of capacitive signals and a second plurality of capacitive signals; and a processing system operatively connected to the plurality of sensor electrodes and configured to: operate in a superdoze mode by receiving the first plurality of capacitive signals from a single receive channel connected to the plurality of sensor electrodes; execute an analysis of the first plurality of capacitive…

Sensing frame averaging for cancelling display noise in simultaneous display and touch sensing

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9645670
Techniques for removing display-based corrupting components from a capacitive sensing signal when display and capacitive sensing is performed at or nearly at the same time. A routing carrying display related signals (e.g., a source signal for sub-pixel updating) may induce a corrupting current into a routing for carrying capacitive sensing signals. This corrupting current would reduce the ability to determine presence of an input object via the sensing signal. Therefore, the corrupting…

Fingerprint localization

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9646192
A method, device and system for generating an enrollment template are provided. The enrollment template is generated by collecting a placement image representing a portion of a biometric object such as a fingerprint. The placement image is localized on the fingerprint by comparing the data in the placement image to data in a floor map representing a larger image of the fingerprint obtained by swiping or rolling the fingerprint over a sensing area of a partial placement sensor. As…

Semiconductor device

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9639198
A semiconductor device connected to the display panel including the in-cell type touch sensor is configured as follows. The semiconductor device includes a driving circuit of the display panel, a touch sensing circuit of the touch sensor, a power supply circuit that supplies a power source to these circuits, and a bias control circuit that controls a bias current flowing through these circuits. The semiconductor device is able to perform a time-division operation in which one frame…

Utilizing chip-on-glass technology to jumper routing traces

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9639214
A chip-on-glass device comprises a chip-on-glass substrate, a metal layer, and a plurality of chip-on-glass connection bumps. The metal layer comprises a plurality of passive jumper routing traces. The plurality of chip-on-glass connection humps is coupled with passive jumper routing traces of the plurality of passive jumper routing traces.

Driver IC for a display panel with touch device with display state timing in accordance with differing driving periods

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9640121
One display frame period is divided into one or a plurality of display driving periods and non-display driving periods, and immediately before transition from the non-display driving period to the display driving period, a dummy driving period is inserted. During the dummy driving period, using dummy data changed from display data at the time of driving stop of a signal electrode during the non-display driving period, driving of the signal electrode starts. Thereafter, a display line is…

Display driver and display device

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9640130
A display driver is connectable with and serves to activate an active matrix type display panel having a plurality of source lines wired to run in an up-and-down direction and a plurality of gate lines wired to run in left and right directions when viewed from a direction perpendicular to a substrate, and a plurality of pixels respectively arranged at intersections where the source and gate lines intersect with one another; electric charges corresponding to display data are transmitted…

Device and method for force and proximity sensing employing an intermediate shield electrode layer

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9632638
Methods, systems and devices are described for use with an electronic system. The device includes a pliable component having an input surface and a first plurality of sensor electrodes; a support substrate spaced apart from the pliable component; a second plurality of sensor electrodes disposed on a second substrate; a spacing layer disposed between the pliable component and the support substrate, the spacing layer configured to locally deform in response to a force applied to the input…

Display driver

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9626916
In a display driver, a first backlight control unit using a histogram and a second backlight control unit using an optical sensor can be used in combination. The display driver includes a PWM generating unit setting a control signal value consisting of a product of a luminance rate of X % and a luminance rate of Y % as a luminance rate of a control signal for controlling a backlight with respect to maximum backlight luminance when a luminance rate of a control signal obtained by first…

Guarding and shielding routing traces in proximity sensors

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9618981
A capacitive input device has a sensor electrode pattern disposed on a first side of a substrate. The sensor electrode pattern comprises a plurality of sensor electrode elements disposed on the first side of a first substrate. A plurality of routing traces is disposed along a first edge of the sensor electrode pattern on the first side of the substrate and configured to communicatively couple at least some of the sensor electrodes with a processing system. A pair of guard traces is…

Driver IC of a display panel waiting a predetermined time before supplying vertical synchronization signal (VSYNC) after sleep-out command is received

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9619007
An integrated circuit device includes first and second integrated circuits and a power supply line. The first integrated circuit includes a first power supply circuit, a timing generation circuit generating a synchronization signal, and a first power supply control section. The second integrated circuit includes a second power supply circuit and a second power supply control section. The power supply line electrically connects the outputs of the first and second power supply circuit. The…

Semiconductor device

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9619067
A display signal drive circuit is configured to output a display signal having a signal level based on a common voltage to a display panel. A touch detection signal drive circuit is configured to output a touch detection signal having a signal level based on the common voltage to a touch panel in case that a composite panel is an in-cell type, and is configured to output a touch detection signal having a signal level based on a voltage level other than the common voltage to the touch…

Top mount clickpad module

Granted: April 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9612703
An input device for use with an electronic system of the type including a substantially planar deck having a basin extending downwardly from the deck and comprising at least one slot. The input device includes: a downwardly deflectable component including an input surface configured to be touched by input objects and a capacitive sensor layer configured to sense positional information of the input objects; a hinge having a first hinged component comprising at least one pad coupled to a…