Synaptics CEO’s comments spark rumors of Samsung wearables with fingerprint sensors

June 5, 2014 - 

It’s likely we’ll see Samsung wearables with embedded Synaptic fingerprint sensors in the near future.

This is according to Synaptics CEO Rick Bergman, who, while speaking to media in TaiPei said “probably, you will see fingerprint technology in wearable devices in 2015. Using fingerprint ID sensors for a small curved display is not a big challenge.”

According to a report in the Korea Herald, since Samsung is the only client of Synaptics’ fingerprint technology, it’s expected that the South Korean company will use Synaptics sensors in its wearable devices, such as smartwatches.

Acording to the same report, Bergman also gave mention to completely flexible devices, saying “we are now working with (handset) market leaders to tune into our technology for flexible devices. Still, I don’t think you will see them in the next couple of years.”

In addition, Synaptics is preparing to launch a small area-type sensor in the second half of this year.

Reported previously in, Synaptics acquired Validity Sensors in a major deal with $225 million in cash and stock.


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