Synaptics’ USB based solution adds fingerprint authentication on any notebook PC

Synaptics NaturalID

During COMPUTEX, Synaptics announced a new ultra-small form factor USB module that enables fingerprint authentication on any notebook PC. This upcoming Synaptics’ USB dongle will enable OEMs, ODMs and private labels to offer their customers an easy to use and inexpensive fingerprint alternative for PCs lacking integrated biometric sensors. This low cost solution can easily be bundled with old laptops or sold separately.

The dongle is a fully housed, ready-to-use fingerprint module small enough to remain unobtrusively installed in any notebook USB port. Following a simple user enrollment procedure, secure authentication is completed with a single touch of a finger, enabling swift PC access and the full use of Windows Hello and Microsoft Passport. Synaptics Natural ID solutions are FIDO Certified (Fast IDentity Online), providing broad compliance with an industry-wide ecosystem of products.

“Notebook buying cycles are historically much longer when compared to smartphones, and Synaptics’ new USB-based fingerprint solution provides a cost effective and simple entry point to what I estimate to be 500 million Windows 10 systems via Windows Hello and Microsoft Passport by the end of 2016,” said Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.

Synaptics’ has announced that this new USB dongle will sample in Q3 CY16 with mass production expected in Q4 CY16.

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