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Synaptics Incorporates Customized TouchPad Design in New IBM ThinkPad T30

Synaptics Incorporates Customized TouchPad Design in New IBM ThinkPad T30 San Jose, CA – April 24, 2002 –Synaptics® Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) today announced that IBM will use Synaptics’ specially designed TouchPad for its newly announced ThinkPad T30 – combining both the TrackPoint and the TouchPad into IBM’s innovative UltraNav multi-pointing system. This announcement marks the first time IBM has offered an alternative-pointing device in conjunction with the TrackPoint.

“We are extremely excited to work with IBM to develop a custom TouchPad interface device that meets IBM’s performance and usability requirements,” said Don Kirby, general manager of the PC Group at Synaptics. “IBM’s decision to work with Synaptics is a testament to both our competence in custom interface development and the quality of our products.”

The UltraNav system is specially designed to improve the usability of the ThinkPad T30 notebook. The TouchPad implementation will help minimize the possibility of accidental button tapping or pointing. In addition, IBM has created a customized software wizard, in a question-and-answer format, making it simple for users to configure the UltraNav system to match the way they like to work – either with the TrackPoint, the TouchPad or with both.

In addition to added flexibility for end users, the multi-pointing system also simplifies the decision making process for enterprise buyers and corporate IT managers, who can now support a single type of notebook for users with a particular interface device preference.

“Over the past year, we have seen more and more major notebook manufacturers incorporate dual pointing solutions into their notebook designs,” explains Randy Giusto, IDC’s Vice President of Mobile and Desktop Research. “By offering interface flexibility, OEMs like IBM are appealing to a wider audience.”

About Synaptics Incorporated
Synaptics develops advanced interface solutions for products as diverse as notebook and desktop computers, mobile computing and communications devices, automotive applications and security solutions. Synaptics products include: TouchPadTM, the industry standard notebook pointing device; ClearPadTM, a capacitive touch screen solution; TouchStykTM, a modular and capacitive pointing stick solution; Spiral®, an inductive, proximity sensing pen input system; and QuickStroke®, the proprietary Chinese handwriting recognition software. More information about Synaptics can be found on the World Wide Web at

This press release contains "forward-looking" statements about Synaptics and IBM, as that term is defined under the federal securities laws. Synaptics intends such forward-looking statements to be subject to the safe-harbor created by those laws. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, expectations of the market acceptability of the multi-pointing products. Synaptics cautions that these statements are qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected by the forward-looking statements contained herein. Such factors include, but are not limited to: (a) market demand for the multi-pointing product (b) market demand for OEM products using Synaptics’ touch pad solution, and © the failure of Synaptics’ products and OEM products to deliver commercially acceptable performance, and other risks as identified from time to time in Synaptics' SEC reports, including Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and Annual Reports on Form 10-K. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to Synaptics on the date hereof, and Synaptics assumes no obligation to update such statements.

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