Qualcomm unveils new line of ultrasonic fingerprint sensors

Qualcomm has unveiled Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors, the company’s next-generation ultrasonic fingerprint solutions, at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017.

The new line of fingerprint solutions include new and improved features not included in the previous generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology.

These features include sensors for display, glass and metal, detection of directional gestures, and underwater fingerprint match and device wake-up.

It marks the first commercially announced integrated ultrasonic-based mobile solution to detect heartbeat and blood flow for improved mobile authentication experiences.

“We are excited to announce Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors because they can be designed to support sleeker, cutting-edge form factors, unique mobile authentication experiences, and enhanced security authentication,” said Seshu Madhavapeddy, vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “This provides OEMs and operators with the ability to offer truly distinct, differentiated devices with added value on truly groundbreaking new devices.”

Additionally, Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor for Display is the mobile industry’s first commercially announced multi-functional ultrasonic solution able to scan through OLED display stacks of up to 1200um, along with enrolling and matching.

Finally, Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal are the first commercially announced sensors to scan through up to 800 µm of cover glass and up to 650 µm of aluminum. This is a significant improvement over he previous generation’s 400 µm capability for glass or metal.

Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors are designed as both an integrated solution with Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platforms, and as standalone sensors that can be used with other non-Snapdragon platforms.

Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal are designed to work with the Snapdragon 660 and 630 Mobile Platforms, while Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Display, Glass and Metal are designed to work with future Snapdragon Mobile Platforms and non-Snapdragon platforms.

The new suite of features supports more design flexibility for operators and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) than the previous generation by making it easier to differentiate products with unique form factors and advanced features and designs.

Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal are expected to be available to OEMs this month, and will arrive in commercial devices in the first half of 2018.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor for Display is expected to be available for OEMs to evaluate in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Qualcomm is partnering with Vivo Communication Technology Co. Ltd. to demonstrate Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Display and Metal using modified versions of the VIVO XPlay 6.

The company will also be demonstrating Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass using a modified device designed for demo purposes only, at MWC Shanghai.

Previously reported, Qualcomm recently launched two new upgraded versions of its Snapdragon .500 series, the company’s upper-midrange and midrange mobile platforms featuring machine-learning capabilities.

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