Synaptics unveils FS4600 family of fingerprint sensors; features force sensing, soft-button support and more

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Developers of human interface solutions, Synaptics Incorporated, has unveiled the new Synaptics FS4600 family of fingerprint sensors for mainstream and value smartphones. Expected to be available for sampling in the second quarter this year, and with mass production scheduled for the third quarter of 2017, it seems likely that we’ll get to see them in mobile phones in the second half of this year.

The FS4600 family supports square, round, pill shape, and slim rectangular buttons for the front, back, or the side of devices and enable various OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) choices of coatings including polymers, ceramics, or glass. The FS4600 family features support for two 0D soft buttons, force sensing, and swipe navigation. The FS4600 family uses the company’s SentryPoint security software.

FS4600 Key Features

  • Soft Button Support: Two 0D buttons can be used as Android® soft navigation keys
  • Force Sensing: Supports force measurement for customer-specific application use
  • Navigation: Supports fast swipe
  • Choice of Coverings: Buttons using glass, ceramic, and polymers on front, back or side of device
  • SentryPoint Security Suite: Includes Quantum Matcher for fingerprint template authentication; PurePrint anti-spoof technology; SecureLink 256-bit AES with TLS 1.2 encryption

Speaking about the new family of fingerprint sensors, Anthony Gioeli, Vice President of Marketing, Biometrics and Product Division, Synaptics, said, “The FS4600 family is a terrific extension to our industry-leading Natural ID portfolio, offering compelling, feature-rich capabilities and performance to a broader mass market that is rapidly adopting fingerprint sensors.”