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Synaptics developed biometric touch interfaces for automotive

Published: November 12, 2015 | San Jose, CA

Synaptics Inc announced broader entry into the automotive market with a comprehensive and dedicated portfolio of vehicle-specific solutions that match the pace of consumer electronics human interface innovation. Synaptics’ industry-leading touch controllers, display drivers, and biometric sensors are ideal for the automotive industry and will be implemented in numerous locations throughout the vehicle.

Synaptics can enable a fingerprint sensor on the door handle to identify the owner without a key fob to open the door. When the driver is recognized the car can then adjust the seat, audio, climate control, and lighting to match the user’s preferences. The steering wheel buttons vibrate to let the driver know that the function has been completed.


Synaptics claims that its products such as biometric sensors are ideal for the automotive industry and can be implemented in numerous locations throughout the vehicle.

Leading OEM brands in Europe, Japan, and the United States are today in mass production with Synaptics’ display driver integrated circuits (DDIC). These products are found in cluster displays, center information displays (CIDs), and heads-up displays (HUDs) with differentiating and proprietary features such as sunlight readability enhancement (SRE) and local area auto-contrast adjustment (LA ACO).

Expanding on its DDIC products, Synaptics has developed its new and broader automotive portfolio to meet the rigorous compliance standards required of the industry. This includes AEC-Q100 compliant ClearPad® touch controller design wins going to mass production in the first half of 2016, expanding our presence into China and Taiwan.

Synaptics’ latest touch controller technology for autos supports touchscreens up to 17 inches and includes industry-leading features critical to ruggedness and weather conditions such as multi-finger touch, moisture immunity, thick glove usage — and the only to support both proximity sensors and our patented ClearForce™ technology.

Natural ID™ fingerprint sensors round out Synaptics’ new automotive portfolio with security and personalization usage targeting door handles, steering wheels and starter buttons. Biometric authentication of users allows unlocking of the vehicle, cockpit and mirror adjustments, ignition, entertainment preferences, as well as theft prevention.

Source: Synaptics


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