IDEX, CrucialTec partner up for mobile touch sensors

IDEX ASA has announced that its previously undisclosed mobile communications partner is in fact, CrucialTec

According to IDEX, the combined strength of the two companies offers major smartphone and mobile device manufacturers IDEX sensors along with CrucialTec’s mass manufacturing, industrial knowhow and supply capabilities.

CrucialTec is a manufacturer of the “biometric track pad,” which is exactly what it sounds like: a track pad that reads fingerprints.

The two companies are currently working to design a small-area mobile touch sensor sampling for the first quarter of this year, 2014. Also, IDEX is concurrently continuing the development of its polymer-based flex sensor technology, which combines IDEX and PicoField technology.

Reported previously, IDEX acquired PicoField last year.

“We are extremely pleased to disclose our partnership with CrucialTec and excited with our near-term plans to commercialize high-performance touch sensor solutions to address significantly increased customer interest and rapid market adoption of fingerprint sensors,” Hemant Mardia, CEO of IDEX said. “This collaboration brings forward the first touch fingerprint sensor solution into the mobile market from IDEX, addressing strong market pull. The combination of IDEX’s advanced, best in class, patented sensor technology and CrucialTec’s patent-protected packaging technology, proven high-volume production capability and tremendous reach and relationships with major OEMs represents a powerful value proposition for the mobile market.”

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