Vivo demos smartphone with integrated Synaptics under-display fingerprint sensor at CES

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo is demonstrating an under-display optical fingerprint sensor provided by Synaptics in its flagship phone at CES 2018, the Verge reports. The sensor takes longer both to enroll and to verify a fingerprint, according to the Verge, but not excessively so, even compared to the near-instant results of many leading fingerprint scanners, and the user experience was reported to be very satisfactory. The sensor area is illuminated to guide finger placement when in use, but is otherwise

China’s semiconductor strategy is bad news for foreign companies

This is a guest post by Anthony Kimery, former Editor-in-Chief, Homeland Security Today. China’s government seems to be taking off the gloves when it comes to competition in the global market for semiconductors and related technology. As the world’s biggest manufacturer of mobile devices and consumer electronics, China imported US$227 billion of chips in 2016, almost double oil imports, according to data from China’s customs agency. In 2014, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology created a fund to

Synaptics announces mass production of in-display fingerprint sensors for smartphones

Synaptics is pitting its fingerprint biometrics against Apple’s FaceID, as the company announced it has reached mass production of its Clear ID FS9500 in-display fingerprints sensors with a Tier 1 OEM. Screens have grown relative to device sizes, typically covering 64 percent of the front surface in 2011, compared to 84 percent for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and 83 percent for the iPhone 10 in 2017. Synaptics predicts that full-surface OLED “infinity displays” will soon dominate the top end of

Synaptics webcasting next week’s analyst and investor meeting

Synaptics will provide a live audio webcast of its Analyst and Investor Meeting starting at 9AM PT on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The Analyst and Investor Meeting will see a series of presentations by key members of Synaptics’ senior management team which may include information regarding current and future products and technologies, end-market trends, and the company’s current financial prospects. The audio webcast portions of the event will be made available on the company’s Investor Relations website. Last month, Keybanc

Biometrics industry stocks this week

As the biometrics industry continues to grow, Biometric Update is bringing a new focus to the stories around the stocks in the sector. Check in with this space each week for a rundown of the financial news and interesting ideas from the week that was. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite set new record highs this week. The advances have, as usual, been propelled by tech stocks. Investors continue to bet that companies like

Synaptics closing in on mass production of in-display fingerprint sensor

Synaptics shares have risen on a report by Keybanc semiconductors market analyst John Vinh that the company is closer to mass production of its in-display fingerprint sensor than he had previously thought, Barron’s reports. “We believe Synaptics has significantly improved performance in its in-display fingerprint sensor and is currently undergoing final qualification at a tier-1 Chinese OEM,” wrote Vinh, KeyBanc Capital Markets Managing Director, Equity Research Analyst, per Barrons. “We believe the company’s in-display fingerprint sensor still falls short of

Synaptics recognized for its optical fingerprint technology

Synaptics‘ Natural ID FS9100 family of optical-based, under-glass fingerprint authentication solutions have been named a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree. Products entered in this program are judged by a panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the trade media to recognize outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products. The CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Synaptics’ Natural ID FS9100 optical-based fingerprint sensors for smartphones enable secure authentication through 1mm thick cover

Synaptics fingerprint sensors, TDDI technology integrated into Huawei smartphones

Synaptics Incorporated announced its Natural ID fingerprint sensors and its touch and display driver integration (TDDI) technology have been integrated into several recently released Huawei smartphones. Huawei said it chose Synaptics for its industry-leading capacitive-based performance, innovation, and time-to-market advantage. Synaptics Natural ID fingerprint sensors are featured on the new Huawei Honor 7X and the Maimang 6, which adds to the previously announced sensors selected for the Huawei Honor 6C, Honor 6A, Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus smartphones. Developed

Biometrics industry stocks this week

As the biometrics industry continues to grow, Biometric Update is bringing a new focus to the stories around the stocks in the sector. Check in with this space each week for a rundown of the financial news and interesting ideas from the week that was. -Gemalto N.V. reported earnings this week. Management blamed weak demand in the U.S. and a slowdown in its removable-SIM card market for the non-stellar results (goodwill on the SIM business was written down, registered this

This week in biometrics industry stocks

As the biometrics industry continues to grow Biometric Update is bringing a new focus to the stories around the stocks in the sector. Check in with this space at the end of each week for a rundown of the financial news and interesting ideas from the week that was. Biometrics companies continue to report second quarter earnings this week. Some impressive results were trotted out as the sector continues to grow and evolve. -Melbourne, Florida-based technology firm NXT-ID hosted a