Sharp integrates Synaptics fingerprint sensor for new flagship smartphone

Synaptics Inc. announced that Sharp has selected Natural ID fingerprint sensor to provide secure authentication for its new flagship smartphone device, the AQUOS ZETA SH-03G.

The customer win follows Synaptics’ recent announcement that it has reached more than 200 million shipments of its fingerprint ID sensor technology.

This latest shipment with Sharp further builds on Synaptics’ strength and scalability in the biometrics market by offering biometric authentication solutions to global OEM partners.

The Sharp AQUOS ZETA SH-03G is selected as part of NTT Docomo, Inc’s newest lineup of smartphone devices for the Japanese market.

“The launch of our AQUOS ZETA SH-03G device represents a new step for our company, as we continue to develop and deliver devices with high-end features and security to our users,” said Takafumi Kawaguchi, executive officer, division general manager of Sharp’s communication systems division. “Synaptics is a partner that truly understands our market and has the ability to scale its technology and expertise in order to meet the needs of our customers.”

The new flagship smartphone complies with FIDO’s latest industry standard, UAF 1.0, delivered through Synaptics’ Natural ID sensor, which uses biometric technology to enable fingerprint authentication that can be done locally for increased data security.

“We’re excited to see our solutions making their way into new devices and markets as the adoption of fingerprint ID technology continues to grow,” said Ritu Favre, senior vice president and general manager of Synaptics’ biometric product division (BPD). “This latest deployment with Sharp and NTT DOCOMO is yet another example of our expanding leadership and market share within the biometrics industry.”

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