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Synaptics Names New Member to its Board of Directors

Synaptics Names New Member to its Board of Directors San Jose, CA –May 21, 2002 – Synaptics® Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) – an acknowledged leader in human interface solutions for mobile computing and communication devices – today announced that Ron Van Dell has joined its board of directors. Van Dell brings with him extensive experience in the voice interface, PC, and semiconductor industries. In addition to serving as president and CEO of Legerity, an analog/mixed signal IC company focusing on next-generation voice and data networks, Van Dell is also on the board of directors of IceFyre, a leading provider of 5 GHz wireless LAN products.

“We are delighted to welcome Ron to Synaptics’ board,” said Francis Lee, President and CEO of Synaptics. “We feel that Ron’s extensive experience and broad based background will help us to continue to grow the company.”

Prior to joining Legerity, Van Dell served as general manager for Dell Computer’s Dimension product line. Van Dell went to Dell from Harris Semiconductor (now Intersil Corporation), where he was vice president and general manager of the company’s communication IC business.

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 capacitive pointing stick solution; Spiral®, an inductive, proximity sensing pen input system; cPadTM, an LCD TouchPad; TouchScreen, a capacitive touch solution for large displays; and QuickStroke®, a 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, 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 Synaptics growth into new and existing markets. 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 Synaptics products (b) market demand for OEM products using Synaptics products, 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.

Synaptics, the Synaptics logo, TouchPad, TouchStyk, ClearPad, cPad, Spiral, and QuickStroke are trademarks or registered trademarks of Synaptics. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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