January 16, 2013 -
Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has developed a lot of positive momentum over the last three months and has just announced it has received its first design win for tablets for its FPC1080A swipe sensor from an unnamed Chinese design house.
The design house is providing its solution to multiple Chinese brands and manufacturers and production ramp-up is expected in mid-2013. Though the design house has requested to remain anonymous, FPC has said it is one of China’s most prominent firms and that the porting of the hardware and Android software is ongoing for this project. The tablet in question is using the popular All Winner A10 platform.
“China is a major and fast growing market for tablets. This porting on the popular All Winner Android tablet platform, which is used by a large number of Chinese tablet players, facilitates additional design wins on the same platform in China. We opened our sales and support office in Greater China in September 2012 and are delighted to already announce this second design win in the extremely important Chinese market. Due to our world-leading capacitive fingerprint technology, image quality and power consumption, FPC is now established as the leading alternative for fingerprint sensors in smart phones and tablets. We expect a number of additional design wins in the booming China market during the months ahead.”
FPC has seen great success in Asia as of late, and the market has seemingly been swayed by the company’s fast growth. As reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, upon announcing its newest sales and support office in Tokyo, FPC’s stock rose to its highest level in more than five years.
According to a report in Bloomberg, 99 percent of FPC’s sales took place in Asia in 2012 and the company has forecasted full-year sales of between USD$20 million and USD$30 million, up from USD$10.6 million in 2012.
Earlier this week, FPC received an initial production order for its swipe sensor technology from CrucialTec to cover a pilot run for a line of mobile phones in Japan to be launched later in 2013.