US-based Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and software solutions leader, Synaptics, is supplying its touch-and-display integration (TDDI) driver for Tata Motors’ latest vehicle range. The updated Nexon, Harrier, and Safari models feature new infotainment and digital instrument clusters powered by Synaptics technology. The TDDI driver integrates the touch controller with the display driver, offering an efficient solution for screen illumination and user touch input tracking.
Michael Hurlston, CEO of Synaptics, highlighted the strong partnership with Tata Motors, expressing confidence in their collaboration over the next 3-4 years. Tata Motors introduced the enhanced Nexon EV in September 2023, featuring a new 12.3-inch infotainment unit developed by Harman. This technology was subsequently integrated into the refreshed Harrier and Safari SUVs in October, accompanied by a customizable 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster providing relevant information, including navigation.
Synaptics’ TDDI involves advanced analogue-circuit design, utilizing mature semiconductor process node technology in the 12 nanometres-and-above range. Hurlston explained that analogue circuits benefit from mature process nodes as they perform poorly on small, advanced geometries due to signal-to-noise challenges.
The company introduced the ‘SmartBridge’ local dimming sensor, enhancing contrast in an LCD panel akin to OLED contrast. The technology allows for substantial cost savings compared to OLED, offering better longevity for LCD panels. Synaptics showcased this innovation to Tata Motors, which is currently evaluating the technology, indicating potential future collaborations.
Synaptics sees significant growth potential in its wireless business in India, targeting US$1 billion in revenues by 2028. India, with its Bengaluru headquarters, is a key hub for Synaptics’ wireless technology innovation, contributing around 20% of the company’s overall revenue. The company anticipates doubling its team in India over the next 3-4 years, focusing on wireless connectivity products and viewing “Make-in-India” as a tremendous opportunity for its offerings.
Hurlston emphasized India’s role in Synaptics’ engineering investments and expressed confidence in the positive impact of pushing the “Make-in-India” agenda on the economy, presenting excellent opportunities for Synaptics.