Synaptics Inc was found in 1986. It is a developer and supplier of custom-designed human interface solutions that enable people to interact easily and intuitively with a variety of mobile computing, communications, entertainment, and other electronic devices. The Company currently targets the personal computer, or PC, market, notebook computers, including ultrabooks; the markets for digital lifestyle products, including mobile smartphones and feature phones; the tablet market; and other select electronic device markets with its customized human interface solutions. It provides custom human interface solutions for navigation, cursor control, and multimedia controls for PC OEMs. In addition to notebook applications, other PC product applications for its technology include peripherals, such as keyboards, mice, and monitors, as well as remote control devices for desktops, PCs, and digital home applications. Its solutions for the PC market include the TouchPad, a touch-sensitive pad that senses the position and movement of a person's finger on its surface; the ClickPad, a TouchPad application that eliminates the need for physical buttons; the ForcePad, a ClickPad that is thinner than conventional touchpads and provides for force sensitivity; the TouchStyk, a self-contained, easily integrated pointing stick module; and dual pointing solutions that combine both a TouchPad and a pointing stick into a single notebook computer, enabling users to use the interface of their choice. It has developed and owns an extensive array of technologies, encompassing ASICs, firmware, software, mechanical and electrical designs, display systems, pattern recognition, and touch-sensing technologies. With 260 U.S. patents in force and 157 U.S. patents pending, as well as many non-U.S. counterparts, it continues to develop technology in these areas. Its principal competitors in the sale of notebook touch pads are Alps Electric, a Japanese conglomerate, and Elan Microelectronics, a Taiwanese company, and its principal competitor in the sale of notebook pointing sticks is Alps. In the markets for digital lifestyle products and other electronic devices, its competitors include Atmel, Cypress, Melfas, and various other companies involved in human interface solutions.