Synaptics under-glass biometric technology coming to PC notebook trackpads

PC notebook manufacturer Clevo will feature Synaptics’ SecurePad Gamma TouchPad technology with Clear ID fingerprint sensors. Clevo is an OEM/ODM for several global consumer brands, according to the announcement, and will include the integrated module in its new Clevo P970, P960, PB70 and PB50 series high-performance notebook designs.

“Our newest SecurePad Gamma solution delivers highly secure and fast user authentication leveraging two of Synaptics’ world-class innovations in one module. This includes our market-leading TouchPad technology, and our new under-glass Clear ID optical fingerprint solution developed in partnership with OXi Technology,” said Shawn Liu, senior vice president and general manager, PC Division, Synaptics. “Clevo is a terrific partner and leader in notebook solutions, and we are proud to support this project and Clevo’s broad global customer base.”

Synaptics formed a partnership with Shanghai-based optical fingerprint technology developer OXi Technology in 2016. Synaptics offers its fingerprint sensors with the SentryPoint suite of software security tools.

“Clevo is very pleased to launch the world’s first notebooks featuring Synaptics’ new high-performance SecurePad Gamma with secure fingerprint authentication directly integrated and conveniently located in the TouchPad,” said Alex Chang, general manager of Sales and Procurement at Clevo. “We have already designed-in SecurePad Gamma into several of our high-end gaming models which will be soon be available for Clevo’s major customers.”

In addition to its traditional notebook market, Synaptics has been developing fingerprint solutions for the anticipated automotive market. The sensor in the prototype demonstrated for Biometric Update was not set under display glass, but this integration makes clear that Clear ID is being extended beyond smartphones.

Synaptics is conducting demonstrations of several technologies by appointment at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

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