California-based Synaptics Inc. introduced the world’s first fully functioning touch solution that incorporated pressure recognition, enabled multi-finger sensitivity, and implemented variable-force input in 2012. Since then, the company has continued to push the boundaries of smartphone security and looks to introduce its latest product in 2018. Last month, Apple released its facial recognition technology as a part of the iPhone X, which provided a huge leap forward for smartphone security, but Synaptics vows that its new tech is much faster. The smart sensor company is preparing for the release of an entirely new in-display fingerprint sensor for smartphones.
In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Of course, Synaptics is not the first company to develop fingerprint scanning technology, but it is definitely pushing the envelope in the industry. In a press release on its website, Synaptics said that its Clear ID FS9500 family of optical in-display fingerprint sensors “is made for smartphones with infinity displays that activate only when needed.” In regard to Apple’s new technology, Synaptics said that its fingerprint sensor is “faster than alternative biometrics such as 3D facial recognition technology.” The company plans to mass produce the fingerprint sensors in 2018 and will be allowing one of the top-5 smartphone manufacturers to use the technology. Rumors have Samsung as the early favorite to adapt the technology.
How It Works
As previously mentioned, Synaptics’ in-display fingerprint sensors are designed for infinity screen smartphones. It only appears when needed and has an easy “one-touch/one-step biometric authentication” process. The fingerprint sensor will appear in the touchscreen display area of your smartphone when necessary. By utilizing SentryPoint technology, Synaptics can guarantee highly-secure functionality. One of the added bonuses is that the scanner will still work when the user has wet or cold hands, and since it is protected by glass, the scanner is “durable, scratch-proof and waterproof.”