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Synaptics supplies iPod components again
Bear Stearns lead analyst Andrew Neff says the iPod classic and iPod nano 3G use touch technology developed by Synaptics.
Previous models – first and second generations of iPod nano and iPod with video – Apple used Cypress touch systems. Synaptics was previously a supplier of iPod components and, after losing its contract, began to prosecute competitors while trying to diversify its business by focusing on other markets.
Apple’s return as a partner for Synaptics is an important achievement, albeit not a decisive one. While the company was not supplying touch components for the iPod, it has made great progress in the mobile phone and laptop markets.