Synaptics trackpad integrates fingerprint reader for laptops




Synaptics integrates a fingerprint reader on the trackpad, a laptop with its new product SecurePad. For example, allows users to login with a fingerprint directly on Internet without a password is required.

Currently contain primarily a business laptops in the housing integrated fingerprint reader that requires users to slide their finger. Market leader Synaptics trackpads makes integrating these superfluous by the reader in the touch-sensitive surface to control the mouse pointer.

SecurePad consists of a small area of 4mm to 10mm on the trackpad, which are sensors. The fingerprint reader can be integrated into any existing product Synaptics trackpad. It would not make up for the operation from which angle the user puts his finger on the surface and optionally would LEDs can light up when in use. The communication is encrypted between the sensor and the processors.

Synaptics has SecurePad on Tuesday released based FIDO standard. The basis of this is public key cryptography and private key based on biometric data therefore remains on the device used, while the public key for online authentication on a server. Support of the laptop manufacturers Dell and Lenovo FIDO Alliance, so chances are that at least they integrate SecurePad in laptops. In addition, sitting include Google, ARM, Microsoft and Samsung in the alliance. A year ago, took Synaptics Validity, developer of fingerprint sensors on and this seems to be the first result of that.

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