Synaptics introduces match-in-sensor fingerprint authentication technology

Synaptics Inc. has introduced a new Match-in-Sensor fingerprint authentication technology, which it claims is the industry’s first fully hardware encapsulated fingerprint sensor and matching solution.

The Match-in-Sensor secure authentication technology isolates fingerprint image enrollment, pattern storage and biometric matching within the fingerprint sensor to provide full protection against on-device threats.

Based on a System on Chip (SoC) architecture, the solution enables a single device to perform both input/output functions with an in-sensor microprocessor executing firmware.

By performing security sensitive functions within the SoC, Match-in-Sensor is able to provide a greater level of security since it is isolated from the host operating system.

In comparison, authentication via Match-on-Host is not as secure as Match-in-Sensor because fingerprint data can be communicated with the host processor, which makes the system more susceptible to hardware attacks and system malware.

“The entire mobile payments ecosystem, driven by rapid adoption of fingerprint authentication technology, is increasingly concerned about reducing security risks and eliminating threats of attack,” said Ritu Favre, SVP and GM of Synaptics’ biometric products division (BPD). “Match-in-Sensor technology provides for the requirements of smartphone manufacturers, the convenience for end-users, and the security for online service providers when authenticating their customers.”

Previously reported, 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.

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