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Synaptics releases small area touch fingerprint sensor for high-end mobile devices


Synaptics Inc. announced it has expanded its Natural ID line of solutions with mass production of its small area touch sensor for secure fingerprint authentication in smartphones, tablets, and notebook PCs.

The Synaptics Natural ID touch fingerprint sensor simplifies the fingerprint ID user experience by enabling them to unlock devices and access online services with just a single touch.

In comparison, traditional fingerprint sensors require users to swipe their finger across the sensor.

Key features include high-performance fingerprint imaging that delivers high-quality images for high-performance matching and security; LiveFlex technology that separates the fingerprint sensing aspect from the fingerprint controller IC for greater flexibility in the size and shape of the fingerprint sensing module; a touch area that measures 4 mm by 10 mm to implement small form factor buttons; the ability to integrate the sensor into tight and challenging spaces; and compliancy with FIDO for secure online transactions.

“As fingerprint sensors proliferate in the market, Synaptics is leading the charge by bringing secure and precise fingerprint sensor technology to the world’s top consumer electronics makers,” said Ritu Favre, senior vice president and general manager of Synaptics’ biometrics products division. “We are proud to continue our track-record of innovation and partnership with OEMs as we reach this new mass production milestone with our Natural ID touch fingerprint sensor.”

Synaptics Natural ID touch area fingerprint sensor is now available for mass production.

In addition to the new fingerprint sensor, Synapics also announced several new solutions at Mobile World Congress in the areas of fingerprint ID (mobile and gaming), touch display driver integration, and new touchpad technologies.

Designed specifically for gaming, Natural ID module enables mouse and keyboard peripheral OEMs and ODMs to quickly integrate fingerprint ID solutions into their products.

Synaptics’ ForcePad 5.0 solution uses new sensor technology that enables finger force detection with optional advanced haptic capabilities, which can be integrated into ultrathin notebooks whose width is 10mm or thinner.

Finally, Synaptics ClearPad 4191 and ClearPad 4291 is the world’s first touch and display driver integration solutions for smartphones and tablets.

Previously reported, Synaptics Inc. implemented new fingerprint ID technology for mobile devices with the addition of the VFS6170 slide sensor, which is a part of the company’s line of Natural ID products.

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