AMD, Synaptics, Microsoft partner on biometrics tech

AMD and Synaptics have announced they are working on biometric security technology with Microsoft, for what it mysteriously described as a ‘next-generation Microsoft operating system.

Announced as part of the push to get AMD’s Zen architecture processors, in the form of the company’s Ryzen Mobile platform, into more laptops, the partnership sees AMD and Synaptics cooperating on a next-generation fingerprint sensor technology in which all biometric authentication – from enrolment data to matching – is carried out in a dedicated system-on-chip (SoC) isolated from the host operating system.

‘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,’ says AMD Client Compute Business Unit general manager Saied Moshkelani of the work. ‘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 platforms to date.’