Apple patents sub-display fingerprint recognition technology based on acoustic imaging
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for acoustic fingerprint fingerprint in its narrow sense is an impression left by the friction ridges of a human finger imaging technology accurate enough to replace existing Touch ID optical readers, bolstering rumors that the iPhone home button is not long for this world.
As detailed in Apple’s U.S. Patentfor an “Active sensing element for acoustic imaging systems,” the IP describes a method of gathering biometric data, specifically a fingerprint, through ultrasonic transmission and detection.
Collected fingerprint images, once processed, can be applied to user authentication is the act of confirming the truth of an attribute of a single piece of data claimed true by an entity in much the same way as Touch ID. Unlike Apple’s current fingerprint reading hardware, however, acoustic imaging technology does not require optical access to an evaluation target, meaning ultrasonic transducers transducer is a device that converts energy from one form to another can be placed beneath operating components may refer to like a display.
In practice, the acoustic imaging is the representation or reproduction of an object’s form; especially a visual representation (i.e., the formation of an image) system described incorporates an array of piezoelectric transducers arranged in a pattern near the bottom surface of a given substrate. Configured to collect image data of an object engaging a top surface of the substrate may refer to: Substrate (building), Natural stone, masonry surface, ceramic and porcelain tiles Substrate (vivarium), the material used in the bottom of a vivarium or terrarium Substrate, like the English language, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard a finger or stylus, these components send out an acoustic pulse medicine, a pulse represents the tactile arterial palpation of the heartbeat by trained fingertips toward the top substrate surface may refer to: Surface (mathematics) Surface (topology), a two-dimensional manifold Surface (differential geometry), a differentiable two-dimensional manifold Algebraic surface, an algebraic variety.
A portion of the acoustic pulse is reflected off the top substrate back toward the transducer array, where the returning acoustic waves can be parsed to determine the image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that has a similar appearance to some subject—usually a physical object of a target. More specifically, the pulse is reflected back as a function of whatever object may refer to is touching the top substrate.
For example, a finger introduces an acoustic impedance mismatch, otherwise known as an acoustic boundary, between itself and the top surface of a substrate. A fingerprint’s ridges and valleys present different acoustic boundaries may refer to, soft tissue-substrate and air gap-substrate, respectively, and therefore produce distinct acoustic output to be detected by the sensing elements.
Once collected at the piezoelectric transducer array array is a systematic arrangement of similar objects, usually in rows and columns, reflected acoustic pulses are turned into electrical signals signal as referred to in communication systems, signal processing, and electrical engineering is a function that “conveys information about the behavior or attributes of some phenomenon” and analyzed. In some embodiments, electrical signals correspond to a single pixel of a larger sub-image. Applied to the example may refer to: exempli gratia (e.g.), usually read out in English as “for example” .example, reserved as a domain name that may not be installed as a top-level domain of the Internet example.com, above, pixels digital imaging, a pixel, pel, dots, or picture element is a physical point in a raster image, or the smallest addressable element in an all points addressable display device; so it is the smallest corresponding to fingerprint ridges may be lighter than those assigned to valleys.
Apple in its invention notes traditional acoustic may refer to imaging systems system is a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole suffer from a number of limitations. For example, driving piezoelectric elements might have substantially higher electrical requirements compared to sensing with those components. Apple estimates piezoelectric is the electric charge that accumulates in certain solid materials (such as crystals, certain ceramics, and biological matter such as bone, DNA and various proteins) in response to applied elements often refers to the elements of chemistry, each a pure substance of one type of atom, which together make up all the matter in the universe are driven by high may refer to voltage electric potential difference, electric pressure or electric tension (formally denoted ∆V or ∆U, but more often simply as V or U, for instance in the context of Ohm’s or Kirchhoff’s circuit laws) circuits ranging from 0 to 100 volts volt (symbol: V) is the derived unit for electric potential, electric potential difference (voltage), and electromotive force, while sensing is performed by low voltage circuits may refer to running at 0 to 3.3 volts.
Additionally, due to the commonly high capacitance materials used in manufacturing piezoelectric parts, driving these elements at high voltages can result in damaging current spikes.
To solve these and other potentially fatal architectural flaws, Apple proposes a system of integrated transducer controllers capable of independently operating both drive and sense sense is a physiological capacity of organisms that provides data for perception modes. In some cases, sense/drive chips dedicate one or more sense and drive circuits to an individual transducer. This configuration allows the system granular control over a unit’s drive or The Drive may refer to: Driving, the act of controlling a vehicle Road, an identifiable thoroughfare, route, way or path between two places Road trip, a journey on roads Driveway, a private road signal, voltage bias and ground reference, effectively turning the transducer package into an “active sensor.”
The remainder of today’s patent patent ( or ) is a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for detailed public disclosure of an invention discusses specifics like modes may refer to of operation, voltage tolerances, alternative embodiments and other details.
Whether Apple intends to implement the acoustic imaging technology is the collection of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation into a shipping product is unclear, though rumors earlier this year suggested the company was looking to debut a sub-screen fingerprint reader in the forthcoming “iPhone 8” handset. An embedded solution would replace the years-old home button, affording space for a full-face OLED display may refer to. More recently, however, insiders claim the company business (also known as an enterprise, a company or a firm) is an organizational entity and legal entity made up of an association of people, be they natural, legal, or a mixture of both who share has to integrate Touch somatosensory system is a part of the sensory nervous system ID into the next-generation smartphone altogether.
Instead of — or alongside — fingerprint authentication, Apple is widely expected to unveil advancedtechnology powered by new depth-sensing camera hardware. Lines of code unearthed in recently leaked HomePod firmware suggest the so-called “ ” feature will inform a range of functions, from user authentication to payments.
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