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Qualcomm today unveiled its next generation of ultrasonic fingerprint scanner at the Shanghai edition of the Mobile World Congress (MWC). These sensors will take over Qualcomm’s current Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint scanners place in next-generation devices. The main advancement with these sensors is their capability to work under thick glass, metal and also functional underwater. This new fingerprint scanner is also capable of picking up a heartbeat and detect one’s blood flow. Qualcomm is also working on a fingerprint scanner module capable of working under the display.

With such features and performance, it is possible to enhance the security and authentication features of a device. This next-generation fingerprint scanner is capable of using directional gestures to control various aspects of a device and enhance single-handed use by being used as a shortcut for the notification tab and manipulate applications even with a rear-facing fingerprint scanner.

Qualcomm states that these Qualcomm Fingerprint sensors can be integrated with the Snapdragon mobile platforms and also function standalone on non-Snapdragon platform based devices. The fingerprint sensor for Glass and Metal is compatible with the recently released Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and 630 SoC. The fingerprint sensors for Display, Glass and Metal will be compatible with the next-generation of Snapdragon chip-based and non-Snapdragon chip-based platforms.

The fingerprint sensors capable for Glass and Metal would be available for manufacturers from this month and should start appearing on commercial devices by early next year. The fingerprint sensors capable of working under the display will be ready for manufacturers from the Q4 of this year.

These new sensors could not have come at a better time as more and more manufacturers are making IP certified devices. This also means that manufacturers will not have to skimp on features while making a ruggedized device.

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