Qualcomm Sense ID unveiled: ultra-sonic fingerprint sensors

In addition to the high-profile announcement of its new flagship-grade Snapdragon 820 system-on-a-chip, Qualcomm today unveils its new Sense ID fingerprint technology for Snapdragon devices.

Qualcomm Sense ID is a new type of fingerprint recognition technology that uses an ultrasonic sound waves to get an extremely detailed map of your fingerprint, much more detailed than the map that one can get via the traditionally used capacitive fingerprint sensors (in devices like the iPhone 6, for instance).

Sense ID's higher-res scans are good news for security as you can read finger details as low as pores and ridges, plus you can now have readings even when your finger is moist or say has some dirt on it. The new technology also works through glass and sapphire, meaning that it could be integrated in various places in a phone.

Finally, Qualcomm's Snapdragon Sense ID rolls out first to Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 425 devices, but the list of compatible devices spreads to all Snapdragon 400, 600, and 800 series of chips.

"Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint Technology's unique use of ultrasonic technology revolutionizes biometrics from 2D to 3D, allowing for greater accuracy, privacy and stronger authentication. We are very proud to bring the mobile industry's first ultrasonic-based biometric authentication technology to mobile device manufacturers and their customers, who will benefit from the improved and differentiated user experience," said Raj Talluri, senior vice president at Qualcomm subsidiary QTI.

source: Qualcomm



1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Nice cool innovation...

2. TyrionLannister unregistered


4. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

The more reason to wait for sd 820. Z4 will be more likely my next flagship my Z2 still rocks.

6. TyrionLannister unregistered

820 will be released in Q1 2016 as it will start sampling in H2 2015. So don't expect Z4 to come with it. Z5 maybe?

3. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

if companies dont make use of this tech, theyre completely hopeless. And i mean HTC you!

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

id like to see sony rock this tech in z4 with the new 820 they should opt for a end of year release . so they can get all the new goodies.

7. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Sony's Z series don't even have a physical home button. Stop dreaming guys.

8. obsidyen

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

So what? See the fingerprint in the pic? It's on the screen. New screens will have tech (thanks to this new sensor) that will read your fingerprint from phone's screen. A home button is not necessary.

9. jessyi

Posts: 327; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Lg g4

10. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

OK, this is absolutely amazing. This is basically something you would see in a sci-fi movie 0.0

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