The importance of biometric authentication is growing these days because passwords, which are easy to remember, are usually not strong enough, whereas complex passwords are hard to remember and enter. While many new mobile devices feature fingerprint reader and some even have an iris scanner, there is a fleet of legacy PCs that do not support any biometric sensors. Synaptics has developed an inexpensive USB dongle, which can add a fingerprint scanner to any PC. The company will offer the device to its customers later this year. The Synaptics fingerprint USB dongle is based on the company’s Natural ID technology that relies on capacitive touch sensing and SentryPoint security features. The device is small enough to remain unremarkably installed in a USB port, hence, users...
I stopped by Synaptics' booth at CES to spend some time with its new Clickpad 2.0. I'd been briefed on the new Clickpad a couple of months ago and...8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/14/2014
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After snagging long time AMD/ATIer Godfrey Cheng, Synaptics is looking to significantly increase its public exposure. As a manufacturer of touch controllers and touch platforms in an increasingly touch...7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/8/2012
A couple of weeks ago one of my oldest friends in the industry, Godfrey Cheng, announced his resignation from AMD. Godfrey came over from the ATI side of the...11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/17/2012