California-based Synaptics, which specialises in biometric security technology, has announced the development of the new-age in-display fingerprint scanner for smartphones on December 12, 2017.
Synaptics has developed Clear ID (FS9500) for mobile phones, which if implemented, will allow phone-makers to allocate more space for display on the front-panel and offer immersive viewing experience and also said to be more secure than 3D facial security.
"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, Mobile Division, Synaptics, said in a statement.
"Synaptics' Clear ID fingerprint sensors are faster, more convenient, and more secure than alternative biometrics, and this optical technology represents a major innovation shift and opportunity for the smartphone market," Barber added.
Without naming any particular company, Synaptics has claimed that one of the top five OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) has already signed the pact and has commenced mass production.
With Synaptics Clear ID sensor on the screen, device users can touch any part of the display to unlock the screen. Currently, he/she has to touch the designated physical button to open the lock-screen.
Here are five salient features of Synaptics Clear ID:
- Clear ID is faster than alternative biometrics such as 3D facial, and very convenient with one-touch/one-step biometric authentication directly in the touchscreen display area of smartphones.
- Synaptics Clear ID In-display fingerprint technology allows users to securely unlock the device in situations including while it's sitting on the table, at any angle, or while in a car mount.
- It boasts SentryPoint technology, offering OEMs a widerange of unique and highly secure authentication features including: Quantum Matcher for adaptive fingerprint template matching and authentication
- It also come with PurePrint™ anti-spoof technology to validate fingerprint images using unique artificial intelligence technology to distinguish between spoofs and actual fingers
- Synaptics Clear ID also boasts SecureLink which combines support for TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol with ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptosystem) authentication and AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) symmetric algorithm.