Synaptics reveals biometrics solutions for automotive market

November 9, 2015 - 

Synaptics Inc. announced it has released a complete portfolio of human interface solutions designed for the automotive industry including touch controllers, display drivers, and biometric sensors.

These solutions will be implemented in various locations throughout the vehicle.

Synaptics is offering Natural ID fingerprint sensors designed for security and personalization usage targeting door handles, steering wheels and starter buttons.

The biometric authentication capabilities allow users to unlock the vehicle, perform cockpit and mirror adjustments, start the vehicle, set entertainment preferences, and ensure theft prevention.

Leading OEM brands in Europe, Japan, and the United States are currently in mass production with Synaptics’ display driver integrated circuits (DDIC).

These products are integrated in cluster displays, center information displays (CIDs) and heads-up displays (HUDs), with differentiating and proprietary features such as sunlight readability enhancement (SRE) and local area auto-contrast adjustment (LA ACO).

Synaptics has expanded on its line of DDIC products to develop a new automotive portfolio to meet the strict compliance standards required of the industry.

This includes the company’s AEC-Q100 compliant ClearPad touch controller design, which will go into mass production in the first half of 2016.

Finally, Synaptics’ latest touch controller technology for automobiles supports touchscreens up to 17 inches. It offers a range of features designed for ruggedness and weather conditions such as multi-finger touch, moisture immunity and thick glove usage, as well as being the only touch controller that supports both proximity sensors and Synaptics’ patented ClearForce technology.

“Global automotive OEMs reached out to us for our innovation and singular focus on human interface to apply the cutting edge technology from the fast paced world of mobile computing technology to the drivers and passengers of tomorrow’s cars,” said Huibert Verhoeven, senior vice president and general manager at Synaptics’ human interface systems division and automotive division. “As a proven leader we have made a significant investment in innovation, enabling rapid deployment into automotive with solutions optimized to meet customer requirements.”

In a video, Synaptics demonstrates its portfolio of human interface solutions for the automotive industry.

Previously reported, Lenovo recently integrated Synaptics’ Natural ID area touch fingerprint sensor, FS4202, into its new smartphone, the Vibe P1.

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