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Qualcomm unveils its next generation of ultrasonic fingerprint scanners

Qualcomm unveils its next generation of ultrasonic fingerprint scanners
Qualcomm today has introduced the next generation of its ultrasonic fingerprint scanner at MWC Shanghai. Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors are the follow up to the last generation's Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology. New sensors were announced that will allow fingerprints to be scanned on Glass, Display and Metal. These will work underwater. Besides scanning for prints, the new sensors will also pick up a heartbeat and detect blood flow, which could help enhance authentication. And directional gestures can allow users to control the notification shade and open apps by moving a finger around a rear-facing fingerprint scanner.

The Qualcomm Fingerprint sensors can integrate with Snapdragon mobile platforms, and can work as standalone sensor on non-Snapdragon platforms. The Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal will work with the recently unveiled Snapdragon 660 and 630 chipsets. The Fingerprint Sensors for Display, Glass and Metal will be compatible with future Snapdragon Mobile Platforms and Platforms that are not related to Snapdragon.

The new features give manufacturers more flexibility when it comes to designing the sensors into a new handset. The Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal will be offered to manufacturers this month and should be inside commercial smartphones during the first half of next year. The Sensors for Display will be ready for manufacturers to evaluate during Q4 of this year.

source: Qualcomm

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