Synaptics, AMD working on secretive Microsoft OS
17 July 2018 15:56 GMT

Synaptics Incorporated and AMD have announced a joint initiative centered on delivering a new industry benchmark in yet-to-be-named highly-secure biometric fingerprint authentication system for Microsoft.

In a statement the firms said the collaboration brings a new level of security for AMD-based laptops by leveraging Synaptics’ unique FS7600 Match-in-Sensor fingerprint sensor technology with powerful AMD Ryzen Mobile processors, and Microsoft’s "forthcoming biometric security OS" including Windows Hello.

Synaptics has said its Match-in-Sensor technology is the industry’s first fully hardware encapsulated fingerprint sensor and matching solution. Hardened authentication is literally “off the grid”, isolating fingerprint image enrollment, pattern storage and biometric matching within the fingerprint sensor to provide best-in-class protection against on-device threats.

Match-in-Sensor fingerprint authentication is a System-on-Chip (SoC) architecture in which a single device performs both input/output functions with an in-sensor microprocessor executing firmware. By performing security sensitive functions completely inside the SoC, Match-in-Sensor adds a new level of security due to total isolation from the host operating system.

Saeid Moshkelani, corporate vice president & general manager, Client Compute Business Unit, AMD: “At AMD, security is a top priority. As part of our ongoing commitment, hardened biometric security is a critical requirement for our next-generation Ryzen Mobile platforms. We are excited to be working with Synaptics and Microsoft in a collaborative effort to develop and deliver one of the most secure Ryzen Mobile platform to date.”

Godfrey Cheng, corporate vice president, PC Division and Corporate Marketing, Synaptics: “With the growing adoption of fingerprint sensors on notebook PCs across both business and consumer platforms, there has never been a more critical time to broadly implement very strong biometric authentication to protect enterprises and enable secure consumer mobile payments against deviant black hat hackers. Synaptics’ FS7600 Match-in-Sensor SoC is the industry’s most secure fingerprint solution to protect against these threats.”