Synaptics' in-display fingerprint sensors mass produced with top five OEM

Yolanda Curtis
December 14, 2017

The company has announced the future plans of the mass production of optical in-display fingerprint sensor.

The upcoming CES 2018 would be unbelievable as many technology giants and smartphones manufacturers will reveal their most fantastic technology gadgets with innovative features in the event.

The announcement of the fingerprint sensor, a potential bright spot, had been widely anticipated, with CEO Rick Bergman talking about it earlier this year, and KeyBanc analyst John Vinh last month predicting its imminent arrival. However, Synaptics has not revealed the smartphone manufacturer included in the "top five" OEM. Vivo has already partnered with Qualcomm to show off the latter's ultrasonic fingerprint technology on a working prototype.


The rise of infinity displays makes it tough for OEMs to place the fingerprint sensor anywhere but under the screen.

"Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself", Kevin Barber, senior vice president and general manager of the Mobile Division at Synaptics, said.

On an interesting note, Vivo showed off its under-display fingerprint-scanning solution back in June, but it was noticeably slow and hard to use on a daily basis.


Of course, Apple's Face ID is the most advanced security features in the world, however not all iPhone X users are happy with this feature. Clear ID claims to be faster than other biometric security features such as facial recognition.

Synaptics didn't disclose the name of the Smartphone manufacturer for which they had collaborated with. Optical fingerprint sensors like Clear ID are also pricier than current sensors, but they're believed to be far less expensive than a system like TrueDepth. We all thought wireless charging was science fiction in 2010 when Qi charging was established, and while still under developed, it certainly is a strong case study in just how fast smartphone technology is advancing.

In the first half of next year, we can expect several smartphones with Synaptics Clear ID shipping worldwide.


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