Samsung’s biometrics supplier is developing a slim area-based sensor

by: Robert TriggsJune 19, 2014
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner 2

CrucialTec, the company currently supplying fingerprint scanners to Samsung, announced on Wednesday that it has developed a new algorithm for small area-type fingerprint scanning sensors, which it is naming “Fermion”.

First up, this means that CrucialTec looks set to move away from its swipe-based BTP algorithm, which is used in the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner and resembles older laptop designs. Instead, the company is moving over to an area based design, more akin to the technology that Apple uses in the fingerprint scanner found in the iPhone 5S. The immediate benefit being that CrucialTec’s new algorithm should be able to detect the user’s fingerprint regardless of orientation and without the need to swipe.

CrucialTec is not just moving over to a new algorithm though, the company is also planning to produce new ultra-slim embedded biometric modules, which will enable the production of a much greater variety of sensors. Thinner, oval, circle, and rectangle designs will all be possible, and they could find their way into a much greater range of devices. To top off the improvements, CrucialTec’s next generation sensors will come with improved biometric recognition and rejection rates too.

If Samsung chooses to stay with CrucialTec for its future fingerprint scanning modules, we might well see Samsung make the switch over to area-based biometrics in its next flagship smartphone.

  • MichelleWSanchez

    The immediate benefit being that CrucialTec’s new algorithm should be able to detect the user’s fingerprint regardless of orientation and without the need to swipe.

  • Anonymousfella

    I hope we get this in the Note 4! A better, smaller sensor would be awesome!

    • Your Mother

      Too bad this won’t help Galaxy S5 owners like myself who see a failure rate of 50% or greater when using the S5’s scanner.

      • Markuzy

        I have a failure rate of less than 90%.
        Try recording your prints more steadily with varied tilts per recording swipe.

        • Anonymousfella

          You mean success rate of over 90%…failure rate would be less than 10%

        • Your Mother

          less than 90%? so you get 80% failure? lol, I know what you meant.

          but thanks for the tip, I’ll try it.

      • _X_

        Register one finger all 3 times and swipe differently each time…. 4 out of 5 times you’ll get recognised first time. My friends said the scanner won’t work good and now I disproved them!

        • Your Mother

          that’s sounds even better. I’ll definitely give it a second shot.

  • aSwedishguy

    Were did you get this information from? CT are not sensor supplier to Samsung!

  • Thomas

    Idex asa and Crucialtec

    IDEX has made significant progress in the second quarter of 2014, executing on our strategy to commercialise our advanced fingerprint sensor solutions for mass market opportunities.

    We have already supplied samples of our products to over 10 consumer device customers in Asia and USA, after we recently launched the first generation of IDEX highly competitive, small-area touch and swipe fingerprint sensors. To support these products into commercial volumes, we have also implemented a high volume manufacturing and supply capability with our partner CrucialTec, who is an established fingerprint sensor module integrator for the mobile device industry.!/news/companynews/idex-business-update-30-june-2014/

    • Stefan Berg

      Yes Thomas, but so far there are ONLY 2 android products out on the Market
      with Touch sensors Huawei Mate 7 and Oppo N3.. Both are using Swedish
      Fingerprint Cards… Sensor 1020 and 1021. More to come… so far it’s
      33 – 0 FING-Idex … Touch and Swipe (products selling on the market NOW)

      I hope Samsung finally Use The best … FPC 1150 and not using
      those crap sensors from Synaptics… I mean a loss of 60% of the market share
      compared to last year is no wonder when they are stuck with OLD technique….

      I want to see The New Aggressive, innovative, strong Samsung in 2015
      start with the obvious, go with the best Touch from Fingerprint Cards…