Synaptics, Incorporated Announces Smartphone In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

by Lawrence Cooper December 14, 2017, 1:16
Synaptics, Incorporated Announces Smartphone In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

Synaptics, a U.S. biometrics company has announced that it is working on an in-display in partnership with top five OEM.

However, world-renowned security firm Synaptics' announcement on December 12 has breathed a fresh lease of life to the on-screen fingerprint sensor development.

Synaptics claims that the fingerprint sensor that's placed under the cover glass of the phone can be more reliable and faster. The "matcher" would then verify the image to confirm that the imprint is that of the original user. Its SecureLink tech combines support for TLS protocol with ECC authentication and AES encryption.

The refreshed fingerprint sensors are developed for smartphones with button-free bezel-free "infinity displays".

However, Synaptics says that removing fingerprint sensor will not be needed because its new fingerprint module called Clear ID FS9500 will be embedded in the display itself. Synaptics highlighted that this solution is much better than Face unlock solutions like Face ID since users can securely unlock the device in situations including while it's sitting on the table, at any angle, or while in a auto mount.

Synaptics Brings World's First In-Display Fingerprint Sensors for Smartphones to Mass Production with a Top Five OEM
Synaptics, Incorporated Announces Smartphone In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

While many people would go jumping to conclusions by naming Apple as that mystery partner, others would hedge their bets on an Android maker such as Samsung, Oppo, Vivo or Huawei for that matter.

It's not clear who the smartphone manufacturer set to incorporate Clear ID is, or when the smartphone that incorporates it will ship to the masses. However, chances are that Synaptics is referring to an Android manufacturer this time.

In its press release, Synaptics makes several implied comparison's to Apple's (AAPL) use of facial recognition, which Apple is arming with a $390 million investment in supplier Finisar (FNSR) announced this morning. Optical fingerprint sensors like Clear ID are also pricier than current sensors, but they're believed to be far less expensive than a system like TrueDepth.

Hot off of the news that Synaptics is rolling out its embedded fingerprint sensors that work through an OLED display, the mountain to scale becomes even steeper. Clearly a shot at the iPhone X's Face ID.

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