Qualcomm unveils its next generation fingerprint sensors at MWC Shanghai 2017

Qualcomm expects the Fingerprint sensors for Display to be available for OEMs to evaluate in Q4 this year

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Highlights

    • The new sensors will work through display
    • It will unlock devices under water

Qualcomm on Wednesday announced its new generation fingerprint sensors based on ultrasonic fingerprint technology at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017. The Qualcomm fingerprint sensors are an upgrade to last generation’s Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology.

These new sensors will unlock devices under water and include other notable features such as detection of directional gestures, device wake-up, detect heart beat and blood flow to enhance mobile authentication experience. It will also work through displays but only OLED panel under 1200 µm thick.

Qualcomm fingerprint sensors are designed to integrate with Snapdragon Mobile Platform and as standalone sensors that can work on non-Snapdragon platforms as well. Apart from the display, these new sensors will also enable fingerprints to be scanned on Glass and Metal. Fingerprint sensors for Glass and Metal will compatible with Qualcomm’s recently announced Mobile Platform Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630. While the new fingerprint sensors for Display, Glass and Metal are built to be compatible with future Snapdragon Mobile Platforms, and non-Snapdragon platforms, as per the company.

These ‘advanced’ features will provide more flexibility to manufacturers while designing the sensor in their new devices. Qualcomm expects the Fingerprint sensors for Display to be available for OEMs to evaluate in Q4 this year. The company acknowledging Vivo Communication Technology in its press note said that it will be demonstrating Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Display and Metal using modified versions of the Vivo XPlay 6.

We are excited to announce Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors because they can be designed to support sleeker, cutting-edge form factors, unique mobile authentication experiences, and enhanced security authentication. This provides OEMs and operators with the ability to offer truly distinct, differentiated devices with added value on truly groundbreaking new devices, “ Seshu Madhavapeddy, Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies said in a press statement.