Synaptics Unveils New Multi-Factor Biometric Fusion Engine

Synaptics announced a new multi-factor biometric engine made in partnership with facial recognition company KeyLemon that incorporates both fingerprint and facial recognition, allowing devices to be unlocked in multiple ways depending on what's most convenient for the user.

The new engine is aimed for use in smartphones, tablets, and notebook PCs and is fully integrated into Synaptics Natural ID fingerprint sensors. There is no word on which devices will use the engine.

The Synaptics multi-factor fusion engine combines authentication scores from multiple biometrics to determine verification. This increases overall system security as both fingerprint and facial factors have to meet minimum threshold requirements before authentication. In addition, the fusion engine improves usability as lower individual verification thresholds still result in greater security.