Synaptics Patent Grants

Interference detection using frequency modulation

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9547400
This disclosure generally provides embodiments to reduce the likelihood that an input device fails to detect an interfering signal when performing interference detection using interference bursts that are phase offset from sensor bursts used to perform capacitive sensing. In one embodiment, the input device adjusts the frequency of the interference bursts instead of using interference bursts with the same frequency. Doing so adjusts the phases of the interference bursts relative to each…

Current-mode coarse-baseline-correction

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9541588
The embodiments herein are generally directed to using a current-mode CBC circuit to maintain a voltage bias setting at a receiver when performing capacitive sensing. To do so, the CBC circuit may compensate for the change in voltage at a receiver by providing a current at the input of the receiver. Instead of using a passive CBC capacitor for each receiver, the input device may use a single CBC capacitor and a plurality of current mirrors to source and sink the current required to…

Mobile terminal and display panel driver

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9541981
A power circuit section generates a first logic power supply voltage and an analog power supply voltage to supply to a first power supply line and a second power supply line, respectively. A regulator steps the first logic power supply voltage down to generate a second logic power supply voltage and supplies the second logic power supply voltage to a third power supply line. A logic circuit controls A source line driving section and A gate line driving section in response to a decrease…

Capacitive sensing using matrix electrodes driven by routing traces disposed in a source line layer

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9542023
An electrode matrix that is used for capacitive sensing may be integrated into a display panel of an input device. In one embodiment, source drivers may be mounted on the display panel which drive the display signals and capacitive sensing signals into the display panel. In one embodiment, the capacitive sensing signals may be routed on wires or lines that are interleaved on the same layer as the source lines used for setting a voltage on the pixels in the display panel during display…

Signal strength enhancement in a biometric sensor array

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9542589
A biometric imager may comprise a plurality of sensor element traces formed in or on a sensor substrate which may comprise at least a portion of a display screen defining a biometric sensing area and forming in-active pixel locations; an auxiliary active circuit formed in or on the sensor substrate on the periphery of the biometric sensing area and in direct or indirect electrical contact with the sensor element traces; and providing a signal processing interface to a remotely located…

Display control device and data processing system

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9542721
The display control device has a register for holding mode data for giving: a direction about which of a first display mode for performing display control of display data supplied together with a display timing signal from outside, and a second display mode for performing display control of display data written in RAM without accepting supply of a display timing signal from outside to select; and a direction about whether or not to select a scale-up mode for scaling up the display data,…

Keyboards with planar translation mechanism formed from laminated substrates

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9543090
Keyboards with planar translation effecting mechanisms formed by laminated key guides are disclosed. A key assembly for a keyboard includes a keycap having a touch surface for receiving a press force that moves the keycap from an unpressed position toward a pressed position, the unpressed position and pressed position separated in a press direction and a second direction orthogonal to the press direction. A base is included having a laminated key guide contacting a portion of the keycap…

Display device, display panel driver and drive method of display panel

Granted: December 20, 2016
Patent Number: 9524664
A display device includes a display panel and a driver. The driver generates APL-calculation image data corresponding to an APL-calculation luminance image through an APL-calculation filtering process on the input usage data, calculates area characterization data including first APL data of each area in the APL-calculation luminance image and calculates second APL data depending on the position of each pixel and the first APL data of the area characterization data associated with the…

Palm rejection visualization for passive stylus

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9519360
A processing system for a capacitive sensing device has a sensor module with sensor circuitry coupled to sensor electrodes, the sensor module drives the sensor electrodes for capacitive sensing, and a determination module to detect input objects in a sensing region of the capacitive sensing device, enter a pen mode based on detecting a condition, determine, responsive to entering the pen mode, exclusion data based on at least the one input object. An exclusion region is displayed by a…

Semiconductor device and electronic device

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9519385
The touch panel controller is connected with a touch panel having a plurality of drive electrodes, a plurality of detection electrodes, and a plurality of capacitance components formed at intersections of the drive and detection electrodes. A two-edge detection mode is adopted for the touch panel controller, in which signals arising on each detection electrode in synchronization with rising and falling edges of a drive pulse output to the drive electrodes, and alternately changing in…

Hybrid capacitive baseline management

Granted: November 29, 2016
Patent Number: 9507472
In a method of managing baselines of a capacitive sensing input device, a transcapacitive baseline, a first absolute capacitive baseline, and a second absolute capacitive baseline are acquired with a plurality of sensor electrodes of the capacitive sensing input device. A transcapacitive image, a first absolute capacitive profile, and a second absolute capacitive profile are acquired with the plurality of sensor electrodes. The transcapacitive baseline, the first absolute capacitive…

Multi-view fingerprint matching

Granted: November 29, 2016
Patent Number: 9508022
A method and a device are provided for performing a recognition process. The recognition process compares an individual fingerprint view to a fingerprint enrollment template in order to determine whether a match has been found. The determination of a match is based on individual match statistics collected between the individual fingerprint view and each view of the fingerprint enrollment template. Additionally, inter-view match statistics between each view of the fingerprint enrollment…

Supply-modulation cross domain data interface

Granted: November 29, 2016
Patent Number: 9509308
A method for converting data signals from one power supply voltage domain for use in another power supply voltage domain. The method includes receiving the data signal at a first node of the integrated circuit, wherein the first node is within the first power supply voltage domain. The method also includes generating a first intermediate differential signal from the data signal via a first conversion circuit of the integrated circuit. The method further includes communicating the first…

Scanned piezoelectric touch sensor device

Granted: November 22, 2016
Patent Number: 9501167
Embodiments of the disclosure generally provide an integrated input device that is configured to sense the position and amount of force applied by input objects that are in contact with an input region of an input device. The input device is generally configured to sense the position and amount of force applied by an input object that is in contact with the input region using a piezoelectric material. The input device generally includes a plurality of electrodes that are positioned to…

Acquiring multiple capacitive partial profiles with orthogonal sensor electrodes

Granted: November 22, 2016
Patent Number: 9501169
Embodiments include a method, input device, and processing system for driving a plurality of sensor electrodes for capacitive sensing. The method includes acquiring a first capacitive partial profile by driving a capacitive sensing signal onto a first sensor electrode of a first plurality of sensor electrodes while driving a second sensor electrode of the first plurality of sensor electrodes with a substantially constant voltage. The method further includes acquiring a second capacitive…

Transcapacitive sensor having gate lines used for both display updating and capacitive sensing

Granted: November 22, 2016
Patent Number: 9501184
Capacitive sensing is performed in an input device having an input sensor and associated display device using gate lines of the display device. A transmitter signal having a negative pulse is used to safely transmit a transcapacitive transmitter signal while not opening any of the access transistors in the display device.

Method and apparatus for improved input sensing using a display processor reference signal

Granted: November 22, 2016
Patent Number: 9501193
Embodiments of the invention generally provide a method and apparatus that is configured to reduce the effects of interference that is undesirably provided to a transmitter signal that is delivered from a transmitter signal generating device to a sensor processor to determine if an input object is disposed within a touch sensing region of a touch sensing device. In one embodiment, the sensor processor includes a receiver channel that has circuitry that is configured to separately receive…

Parasitic capacitance filter for single-layer capacitive imaging sensors

Granted: November 15, 2016
Patent Number: 9495046
An approach is provided for estimating and correcting parasitic responses of a touch sensor device. The input device measures a first capacitance signal generated by a first pixel that is covered at least partially by an input object. The input device measures a second capacitance signal generated by a second pixel that is covered at least partially by the input object. The input device measures a third capacitance signal generated by a third pixel. Based on at least the first…

Active input device support for a capacitive sensing device

Granted: November 15, 2016
Patent Number: 9495052
A processing system, input device, and method are disclosed to provide active input device support for a capacitive sensing device. The method includes operating, during a first time period, a plurality of sensor electrodes to receive an input signal from an active input device at a processing system, and determining an exclusion region based on a determined position of the active input device during the first time period. The method further includes operating, during a different second…

Retractable keyboard keys

Granted: November 8, 2016
Patent Number: 9490087
A laptop computer comprising a keyboard including a bezel having a plurality of key openings and a plurality of key holding features configured adjacent to the plurality of key openings on a bottom side of the bezel. The laptop computer also includes a plurality of keycaps having a touch surface for receiving a press force, each keycap positioned within a respective one of the plurality of key openings. The laptop computer also includes a chassis having a plurality of planar-translation…