Synaptics and eSignLive team up to propel e-signature adoption, Over 30 million laptop users now e-sign ready

September 25, 2000

Montreal, Qc, September 26, 2000 — Silanis Technology Inc., a leading developer of electronic signature and approval management software, and Synaptics Inc., a technology and market leader of touchpad pointing devices and other human interface technologies, today announced a partnership to integrate Silanis ApproveIt® Electronic Signature Technology Software with Synaptics’ TouchPad™ to provide millions of laptop users worldwide with the ability to e-sign right away.

By incorporating an OEM version of ApproveIt’s (ApproveIt PC-OEM version) electronic signing features with the Synaptics easy-to-use capacitive touch-sensing technology, the partnership gives laptop users a simple and convenient way to apply a single electronic signature to Microsoft© Word and Excel documents. The integration promises to have a significant impact on e-signature adoption, as Synaptics is the leading supplier of touch-sensing technology to major notebook manufacturers including ACER, Apple, Compaq, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett Packard, and has shipped over 30 million TouchPads for use in notebook computers to-date.

“Our customers have been asking us to provide e-signing capabilities. Synaptics TouchPad technology combined with Silanis’s ApproveIt electronic signature software is a powerful solution for e-signatures, that will answer their needs.” said Rick McCaskill, Synaptics VP of Business Development. “Combining the strengths of both companies will provide over 30 million current and future Synaptics-enabled notebook users with a reliable and legally binding electronic signature solution without additional hardware costs.”

Synaptics will offer the ApproveIt PC-OEM version to its OEM both as a desktop (touchpad integrated within the keyboard or as a stand alone PC peripheral) or integrated TouchPad Notebook solution. Using the TouchPad as a signature input device, users will be guided through the straightforward process of setting up their password-protected ePersona™ signature file. To e-sign documents, users will only have to tap a finger on the TouchPad to retrieve their ePersona signature. In the case of real-time signing, users can simply sign their name directly on the TouchPad itself.

“With October 1 around the corner and e-signing about to be officially legalized in the United States, businesses are looking for this kind of comprehensive solution to get themselves e-signing today,” said Silanis president Tommy Petrogiannis. “The partnership gives Silanis access to an install base of over 30 million PC users, giving them a competitive edge as they’ll be able to use the Silanis e-signing software directly from their computers.”

About Silanis

Founded in 1992, Silanis Technology Inc. develops ApproveIt, the industry's first and only multi-signature electronic approval management software. Over 400 organizations use Silanis products in government, business, insurance, medical, and health care sectors, including the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, TRW, Williams Group, Nationwide Insurance, and National City Bank. Silanis software is recognized for its mature feature set, security, ease-of-use, and simple integration.

About Synaptics

Founded in 1986, Synaptics is known as The Human Interface Companytm. Synaptics' develops advanced interface solutions for products as diverse as notebook and desktop computers, mobile computing and wireless communications devices, Internet appliances, automotive systems and security solutions. Synaptics' products include: the industry standard notebook pointing device, TouchPad tm ; ClearPad tm, a capacitive touch screen solution; TouchStyk tm, a modular and capacitive pointing stick solution; Spiral®, an inductive, 3-dimensional pen input system; and QuickStroke®, the award winning Chinese handwriting recognition software. Synaptics is a California-based, venture backed, private company, with worldwide sales, R&D, and manufacturing operations.

For additional information:

Andrea Simmons Silanis Technology (514) 337-5255 ext. 1152 e-mail: [email protected]

Mariel van Tatenhove Synaptics, Inc. (408)434-0110 X168 e-mail: [email protected]