Samsung manufacturing partner Synaptics just announced a sensor of its own for smartphones.
New optical fingerprint sensor that can offer fingerprint scanning for smartphones and tablets through glass that’s up to 1mm thick.
The Synaptics optical sensor announced on Tuesday sounds a lot like what Samsung is trying to achieve. Its fingerprint sensor, named the Natural ID FS9100, is designed to exist under the cover glass of smartphones and tablets.
It’s scratchproof, waterproof and has a security layer that can tell the difference between fake and real fingers
a problem with previous generations of optical scanners. The FS9100 optical sensor claims to be very thin and use up little battery power.
The sensors are scheduled for sampling in early 2017, with mass production planned for later in the year. While no devices have been announced yet that will use the new sensor, Samsung has historically sourced Synaptic sensors in the past. So it’s possible we could see it in a future Samsung device like the Galaxy S8.
Les Santiago, Research Director for IDC: “Optical sensing technology, which is very high performance and widely proven in other markets, has many advantages such as durability, scratch resistance, and resistance to ESD, but optical has not been widely adopted in smartphones and tablets due to form factor and power consumption limitations. By bringing optical sensing technology with the right form factor and power consumption envelope to smartphones and tablets, Synaptics is enabling the elimination of the home button which is a critical next step to full top-to-bottom, edge-to-edge smartphone and tablet displays. Synaptics is already a global leader in capacitive sensing technology, and is well positioned to continue to lead in fingerprint biometric technologies with its existing capacitive sensor technology portfolio and newly announced optical fingerprint sensor offerings for both flagship and mainstream smartphones and tablets.”
Anthony Gioeli, vice president of marketing, Biometrics Product Division, Synaptics: “Synaptics’ FS9100 family of fingerprint sensors represent a new breed of optical fingerprint sensor technology that is designed to meet the needs of mobile devices, including the ability to image through thick 2.5D glass. In addition to opening the door to new industrial design options, it enables OEMs to provide highly durable, button-free cover glass and more easily provide water resistant products while eliminating low yield glass processing.”