Apple is developing a single-chip semiconductor solutions TDDI (Touch and Display Driver Integration) for iPhone displays. This development will allow the company to significantly reduce the thickness of their mobile devices and to abandon the physical Home button located on the front panel.
According to Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes, referring to sources in the local market of chips that Apple designs the chip TDDI, which is responsible for the touch functionality and performance of all of the screen, and also feature built-in sensors for fingerprint recognition.
This decision is likely to find application in the new generation of iPhone smartphones, which feature will be the ultra-thin screen with a barely noticeable display part and a monolithic design in which there is no room for the traditional Home button on the front panel.
The introduction of the Touch ID sensor in the home button of the iPhone in 2013 provided an additional level of protection for the iPhone and iPad. At the moment to unlock the device and make payments to the user needs to touch the button. Early in the year, Apple received a patent from which it follows that in Cupertino are going to embed a biometric sensor directly to the surface of the touch screen mobile devices.
Create chips chip TDDI will allow you to perform automatic scanning of a fingerprint when a finger touches the touchscreen. iPhone and iPad will be unlocked only if screen touched rightful owner.
It is worth noting that, in addition TDDI-chips that Apple designs some other accessories for their devices. Thus, the company is designing Central processors for smartphones and tablets, trusting a third-party partner only contract manufacturing. According to market observers, the strengthening of the internal workings of the chips Apple will have a significant impact on the situation in the global semiconductor industry, which is now in the process of consolidation.
Developed by Apple technologies can be used in mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch and provide for the reading of the biometric characteristics of a person even at some distance from the display.