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
It seems like just yesterday that, in this same blog space, I was calling attention to a significant Synaptics milestone – the fact that we’d just shipped the four-billionth unit of our renowned human-interface solutions. In reality it was less than a year ago, and in that remarkably short time we’ve reached the next milestone – another billion units. Remember: It took Synaptics nearly 16 years to ship the first billion.... Read more
In the ruthlessly competitive smartphone market, the choice of display technology is one of the more important decisions that a manufacturer will make. Advances in touchscreen features and capabilities have in the past contributed to clear shifts in market share from one device to another. Handset manufacturers create marketing campaigns aimed at bringing consumers’ attention to the key visual and design differences central to their new model... Read more