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Samsung working on multi-fingerprint sensing for its next gen OLED displays

The technology would turn the entire display into a fingerprint reader.
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December 2, 2022
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TL;DR
  • Samsung is working on a way to improve fingerprint scanning security.
  • It is reportedly developing next-generation OLED displays that can scan multiple fingers simultaneously.
  • The technology would enable the entire screen to scan for fingerprints.

Samsung is looking for a way to make fingerprint logins more secure. According to a recent interview, it looks like the company’s solution is to make it possible for a device to read multiple fingerprints at the same time.

Dieter May, the CEO of Isorg — a French company that focuses on smartphone fingerprint sensing and other technology — recently said in an interview that Samsung is working on multi-fingerprint sensing displays. He also said that Samsung appears to be interested in making the entire screen capable of fingerprint reading.

About three months ago, Samsung announced at IMID 2022 that it is working on next-generation OLED displays. These “OLED 2.0” screens would have an all-in-one fingerprint scanning solution that would enable the device to scan multiple fingerprints simultaneously.

According to the tech giant, three fingerprints is 2,500,000,000 times more secure for authentication than using a single fingerprint. In addition to having the ability to sense multiple fingerprints, having an entire screen that’s capable of scanning would mean that users no longer have to worry about where they are placing their fingers.

There’s no official word from Samsung on when these new displays might come, but May says that his company predicts that Samsung will likely be ready to deliver sometime in 2025. At the same time, May boasts that his company’s technology — which uses a different method from Samsung’s — will be ready for mass production in 2023 and will have a lower-risk path to market.

May also points out that his company has its eyes on Apple as well, believing they could eventually try to do multi-fingerprint scanning too.