Synaptics confirms its sensor is on the Galaxy S6
28 April 2015 15:44 GMT

Synaptics' CEO Richard Bergman has confirmed that the firm’s latest small area touch fingerprint sensor features on the Samsung Galaxy S6.

Speaking on a call to discuss Q3 2015 results, Bergman said: “During the quarter, we announced our small area touch fingerprint sensor, which I’m pleased to confirm is now available worldwide on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Edge smartphones.

“This solution provides the end-user with the ability to unlock the device or authenticate with an elegant touch of the finger, streamlining access to online banking and social media portals. We expect additional phones to launch with our small area touch solution later this calendar year.” 

Planet Biometrics had reported in March that the S6 likely sported the Synaptics’ sensor.

The sensor has a minimum touch area measuring 4 mm by 10 mm, enabling implementation in small form factor buttons, and is FIDO compliant. It uses LiveFlex Technology, which  Synaptics says can separates the fingerprint sensing element from the fingerprint controller IC.

Synaptics supplied a swipe-style fingerprint sensor for Samsung’s Galaxy S5, and its shares rose 3.1% in January following speculation that Samsung was planning a touch sensor. 

Bergman added in the call on 23 April: “Our pivotal growth market is clearly there with fingerprint and TDDI solution showing momentum along with the upside from our display driver business.”

“March quarter revenue of $478 million increased from the immediately preceding quarter, despite the typically downward seasonal trend. ….  Our performance reflects strength in the DDIC business and a steep ramp of our new fingerprint sensor”.

He added that the "biometric background for Windows PC will increase the demand in attach rate for both Windows 10 notebook and desktop PCs". 

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