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Synaptics integrates fingerprint ID into the TouchPad


Synaptics announced it is now offering SecurePad, the latest Fast Identity Online (FIDO) ready authenticator to support the use of password-free security.

Backed by Synaptics’ fingerprint ID technology, SecurePad is the first solution to be integrated directly into the TouchPad to deliver high level security, eliminating the need for OEMs to implement duplicate hardware aspects, simplifying the supply chain and significantly cutting manufacturing cost and complexity.

Synaptics SecurePad enables end users to login to any online service that supports the FIDO unified authentication framework without using a password.

End users are able to scan their fingerprint on the laptop to register a public/private key pair that is unique to the laptop, the user account, and the online service.

Then to login, the end user performs the same fingerprint authentication which initiates a cryptographically secure challenge/response with the online service provider.

SecurePad is equipped with a range of features, including integrated small area touch sensor, advanced matching engine to achieve greater security performance, 360 approach support that enables fingerprint detection to work at any angle on the sensor area, various pad and fingerprint sensor form factors (available in Synaptics TouchPad, ClickPad and ForcePad sizes), encrypted sensor/host communication, and optional LEDs for visual feedback.

“At Synaptics, we believe that in our future, secure access to devices and services should be truly effortless,” said Godfrey Cheng, VP of marketing at Synaptics’ human interface systems division. “The introduction of SecurePad demonstrates our continued innovation and brings us one step closer to our ultimate vision of a TouchPad that offers passive and persistent authentication for consumers.”

Previously reported, Synaptics projected its total addressable market will expand from smartphones and tablets into new growth areas like automotive and gaming peripherals to see a significant leap from $2.7 billion in 2014 to $10.1 billion in 2018.

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