According to this report over on Reuters, Microsoft has purchased N-trig, an Israeli company responsible for making digital pens and chips for touchscreens. Microsoft reportedly paid $200 million and will integrate N-trig’s 190-person staff into its Microsoft Israel operations.
Microsoft has already worked with N-trig, contracting the company to make the Surface Pro 3 pen. However, N-trig also works with Sony, Fujitsu, HP, and Lenovo. Previous iterations of the Surface Pro used Wacom technology (which is why the included stylus will work with other Wacom-powered products, like the Galaxy Note 4). Similarly, the N-trig-based Surface Pro 3 pen works with other displays that use N-trig’s technology, like the Vaio.
Microsoft talked a lot about the improvements to the Surface Pro stylus when it announced the Surface Pro 3 last May. It’s not clear if its acquisition of the company will mean the end of N-trig’s partnerships with the likes of Dell, Sony, HP, and Toshiba. However, Reuters cites financial news outlet Calcalist in reporting that the N-trig team will become part of Microsoft Research. Neither Microsoft nor N-trig has confirmed or denied the reports.