Synaptics demonstrates under glass fingerprint authentication product

November 18, 2015 - 

Synaptics announced the sampling and a live demonstration of its Natural ID fingerprint authentication technology under greater than 200μm cover glass, providing smartphone manufacturers with an option of button-free industrial designs.

The new fingerprint sensor solution is designed to operate through glass buttons as well as thicker cover glass.

The under glass fingerprint solution offers the next step to implementing capacitive fingerprint sensors under the smartphone cover glass.

The company demonstrated the new technology at its analyst and investor meeting on November 17, and will at CES in January 2016.

The second generation under glass fingerprint authentication product senses under thicker glass than any other solution currently available, at greater than 200μm.

This technology is fully architected in-house and highlights the strategic acquisition of Validity.

Synaptics’ first generation under glass button (up to 100μm thick glass) solution is now available for mass production.

“We are very pleased to demonstrate our new under cover glass biometric solution and showcase our leadership,” said Ritu Favre, senior vice president and general manager of biometrics product division at Synaptics. “Our solution eliminates the cutout, which allows smartphone OEMs to improve yields and offer creative new industrial designs. End users will benefit from an improved user experience and a more durable, scratch-resistant smartphone.”

Synaptics’ new under cover glass fingerprint authentication solution (greater than 200μm thick glass) is sampling today with mass production availability in the first quarter of 2016.

Previously reported, Synaptics’ VP of marketing Anthony Gioeli addresses the two common fingerprint authentication methods — Match-on-Host and Match-in-Sensor — and ultimately makes a convincing argument for the latter technique.

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