Taiwan firms developing IR LED devices for biometric applications, in process of certification

November 24, 2016 - 

Chip makers and LED packaging service providers in Taiwan have developed IR LED chips or devices for biometric applications, mainly iris and facial recognition, and are in the process of certification by potential clients, according to a report by Digitimes.

Industry sources report that shipments are expected to start in 2017.

The report cites unnamed sources that say Epistar has IR LED chips taking up over 10% of all AlGaInP chip output at present, and the proportion is expected to rise to 30% in 2018. Arima Optoelectronics has also increased production of IR LED chips for iris recognition.

High Power Lighting, an LED packaging service provider, opined that notebook or tablet vendors will adopt IR LEDs for iris recognition faster than smartphone vendors because the software algorithm and related certification are key to adoption, and Windows 10 strongly supports fingerprint, facial, voiceprint and iris recognition, making it easy for notebook or Windows-tablet vendors to support iris recognition without a large R&D effort.

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