Synaptics is a human interface solution developer. It develops and supplies intuitive human interface solutions for a range of electronic devices and products worldwide. Synaptics sells its solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for applications including smartphones, tablets, notebooks, automobiles, wearables and PC peripherals. Synaptics has 1600+ granted and pending patents for human interface solutions. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California, and trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol SYNA. Synaptics was founded in 1986 by scientists and engineers Federico Faggin and Carver Mead, inspired by their interest in neural networks and their applications in technologies. Faggin and Mead applied their research and discoveries on neural networks and transistors on chips to build touch sensing solutions. The name of the company was derived from this combination, blending synapse and electronics.