The smartphone has become the equivalent of a personal assistant that now has a role in virtually every aspect of people’s lives, ranging from basic voice and data communications to sophisticated applications for banking, navigation and even entertainment. For most of these applications, users want the largest possible display to enjoy a more engaging experience. But given the dependence on their... Read more
Recently Synaptics did the heavy lifting to educate the public about biometric security and the need for data encryption. We spent time with customers, press and analysts to establish best practices for any biometric sensor, including fingerprint sensors. One of the best practices is to ensure that unencrypted data is never out in the “clear” through unencrypted memory or as we demonstrated, an unencrypted bus.
During these security... Read more
People are now conditioned to believe that fingerprints are unique and are much safer than passwords. In many ways, this is true. But what is less well-known is a notebook manufacturer’s choice in fingerprint sensors can potentially lead to the theft of your fingerprint image, giving the thief the master-key to all your devices and your company enterprise.
There are two types of fingerprint sensors in the notebook market today: those... Read more
Many of us remember those stretch-of-the-imagination science-fiction movies and TV shows in which people were screened by facial and iris scans to access otherwise-off-limits locations. While these futuristic depictions of technology have found success in some government and commercial applications, its use for consumers is still in its infancy.
By contrast, fingerprint authentication has been readily adopted on consumer flagship... Read more
One of the many advances being made in smartphones and tablets is the progression to a “whole-device” display. Some models already have full-width displays with little or no bezel or ink area on the sides. The next step will be a nearly full-height display; “nearly” that is, because while the home button will be gone, there will still need to be a front-facing camera.
The use of biometrics for user identity has become increasingly... Read more