Synaptics is the company behind the touch input on millions of laptop trackpads and smartphone screens.
The company has announced that it has started mass production of its first optical in-display fingerprint sensors. Labeled Clear IDs, these are expected to work exactly like the home button fingerprint sensors which are the norm on most of the flagship devices these days such as Samsung Galaxy S phones and Apple iPhones before the latest iPhone X.
Only they will be more magical because you will be able to authenticate by pressing on the actual display part of the touchscreen.
It was exactly a year ago today that Synaptics first announced its FS9100 optical fingerprint sensor “family.” At the time, it was merely a technological breakthrough,
And subsequent events have shown that there were issues with the implementation of that tech, which reportedly forced
Samsung into a last-minute change with its flagship Galaxy smartphone. Samsung wanted to have a bezel-free front on its phones without losing the front-facing biometric ID function.
Today’s FS9500 Clear ID, on the other hand, is going into full production with what Synaptics describes as “a top five OEM,” meaning it’s either Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Oppo / Vivo, or Xiaomi. Synaptics’ prior history of working with Samsung and the specific call out of “OLED infinity displays” in Synaptics’ press release (Samsung calls its bezel-less Galaxy S8 and Note 8 screens “infinity display.