Synaptics Debuts New Fingerprint Sensors Capable of Scanning Through Display Glass

Amid rumors suggesting Apple plans to debut a 2017 iPhone with an edge-to-edge display with built-in Touch ID, Synaptics has announced its own under-glass fingerprint detection solution, debuting a new line of Natural ID FS9100 optical fingerprint sensors.

The FS9100 sensors are capable of scanning a fingerprint through 1mm of full cover glass, allowing for button-free display designs that are still able to take advantage of fingerprint recognition functionality.

According to Synaptics, the sensors have been specifically designed for placement under cover glass, including 2.5D glass, located in the front, bottom bezel of smartphones and tablets.

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The FS9100 sensors eliminate the need for cutouts on the display of a device, and because they're under glass, they're scratchproof, waterproof, and respond well to wet fingers. Wet finger performance is something that causes most fingerprint sensors, including Apple's, to fail.

Synaptics says its sensors are also designed to be thin and consume a minimal amount of power, while also using AI to distinguish between fake and actual fingers.

"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." - Synaptics VP of marketing Anthony Gioeli

Apple likely has its own proprietary solution in the works for the display of the 2017 iPhone 8 because it has been in development for some time and is said to have in-house engineers working on the product, but Synaptics is a known Apple supplier and provided Apple with LCD display drivers in 2015 following its acquisition of Renesas SP Drivers, a chip company Synaptics purchased in 2014.

If the rumors are true, Apple's iPhone 8 will include a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a camera, and other components that are located behind the display of the device, entirely eliminating the existing home button and allowing for an iPhone that looks like a single piece of glass.

Other rumors for the iPhone 8 suggest it will include a glass body, an OLED display, a faster A11 processor, and wireless charging functionality.

Synaptics' optical fingerprint sensors are scheduled to begin sampling during the first quarter of 2017, with production to begin in the second quarter of the year.

Top Rated Comments

OldSchoolMacGuy Avatar
80 months ago
Lots of assumptions being made that the iPhone 8 will include this. If rumors were true, the current iPhone would have wireless charging, a projector, 3D screen, virtual keyboard, and much more (all according to "reputable" reports from MacRumors and their sources).

Please remember that a rumor is just a rumor. It's silly to get bent out of shape after every Apple announcement when something that was never promised wasn't included in a new product. BUT THE LOTTERY GUYS MADE ME BELIEVE I'D WIN!!
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Arran Avatar
80 months ago
So how are you supposed to find the button by touch?

If it's all just flat glass.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KALLT Avatar
80 months ago
I just do not see why people get that excited about bezel-less and buttonless phones. They are just not very ergonomic, in my opinion. I would like to have a phone with a bit more grip, without having to use a case. I still think that the 3G was the most comfortable phone to hold.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
samcraig Avatar
80 months ago
Like/dislike this idea. Call me old school - but I still like a physical button for some things - especially powering on and off.

Also - I wonder what this will do with repair/replacement costs given that the entire front panel would need to be replaced.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nwcs Avatar
80 months ago
Nah, I don't want a buttonless phone - a true slab. There's nothing wrong with a couple of physical buttons. Hopefully this "zen" phase of minimalism Apple is imposing on the iPhone will abate and we can get back to usability in use instead of looking at it and not using it.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sedulous Avatar
80 months ago
Ugh, just because fingerprint sensor can be behind display glass does not mean the same thing as being behind the display. The only thing this offers is a sensor that can be "hidden" instead of one that is easily found. Useless.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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