TSMC to make fingerprint sensors for next iPhone model

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will manufacture fingerprint sensors to be used in the next-generation iPhone series at its 12-inch wafer fabs using 65nanometer process technology, according to a Digitimes report citing industry sources. Existing iPhone models have fingerprint sensors that use TSMC’s 0.18-micron process at the foundry’s 8-inch facilities, according to the sources. Apple first offered the Touch ID fingerprint scanner with its iPhone 5s series, which was largely responsible for driving the market for fingerprint-enabled smartphones. The sources

FPC integrates touch fingerprint sensor in Oppo R7 Plus smartphone

Fingerprints Cards (FPC) announced that Oppo has integrated its touch fingerprint sensor FPC1025 into its new Android smartphone, Oppo R7 Plus. The order value of this phone launch is included in FPC’s previously announced revenue guidance of + 1 500 MSEK for 2015. “Oppo is a leading smartphone manufacturer in China and we are proud that Oppo selected FPC1025 for R7 Plus, its second smartphone with a touch fingerprint sensor, following the Oppo N3 phone embedding FPC1021 that was launched

Precise Biometrics, FPC integrate fingerprint recognition in Yulong smartphone

Precise Biometrics announced that its mobile fingerprint recognition solution, Precise BioMatch Mobile, as well as Fingerprint Cards’ (FPC) touch fingerprint sensor FPC1025, has been integrated in the Yulong’s Coolpad Tiptop Pro smartphone. “Precise BioMatch Mobile enables convenient and secure fingerprint recognition for smartphones,” said Håkan Persson, CEO of Precise Biometrics. “We are happy that yet another leading Chinese smartphone vendor has chosen to integrate our product, which shows that we have established a strong position in the Chinese market.” The

Analysts positive on biometrics industry future

Tractica has published a new report entitled “Biometrics Market Forecasts” that estimates that the global biometrics market will see a total, cumulative revenue of $67.8 billion over the next 10-year period. In the report, Tractica divides biometrics use cases into two separate threads: consumer-facing use cases, which are typically high-volume at a low price, and enterprise-facing use cases (including government and defense), which are normally much smaller volumes but use more expensive devices. Tractica forecasts that the global biometrics market

Apple Watch’s sensors fail to work properly on tattooed users

Some users of Apple Watch have reported on YouTube and Reddit that the device does not work properly if you have a wrist tattoo, as the ink seems to interfere with the smartwatch’s infrared sensors that enable wrist detection, according to a report by Business Insider. The Apple Watch’s sensors are designed to automatically detect whether the smartwatch is on a person’s wrist, as well as access heartbeat-tracking capabilities and Apple Pay. As a result, an individual’s wrist tattoos may

ZKAccess brings biometrics to your front door

Biometric and RFID security solution firm ZKAccess announced it released its ML10 biometric fingerprint door lock, which features embedded fingerprint recognition technology. Acting as a plug ‘n play replacement to the traditional ‘lock and key’ door knob, each ML10 door lock can store and recognize up to 40 users. After an initial registration process where authorized individuals submit their fingerprints, users can simply touch the fingerprint sensor to open the door, eliminating the need for a key or code. ML10

Smartphone solutions drive consumer and enterprise biometrics to $3.1b: ABI Research

ABI Research forecasts that global revenues in 2015 for biometrics in the consumer and enterprise will reach $3.1 billion, driven by smartphone solutions. While existing smartphone hardware provides a stable position for some authentication modalities, new advances in the biometrics field will continue to drive further smartphone hardware upgrades. Additionally, pioneering algorithm design and cloud computing services continue to innovate user authentication. “Biometry is moving rapidly into the security ecosystem and its adoption by CE devices will jumpstart this phenomenon,”

Nymi to test biometric wristband at UK-based Halifax bank

Following its first successful trial with Royal Bank, Canadian biometric technology firm Nymi is set to undergo trials at the UK’s Halifax bank, according to a report by WT Vox. Currently in its proof-of-concept phase, Halifax’s system monitors a user’s heartbeat via an electrocardiogram (ECG). Users are required to wear the Nymi band on one wrist, and touch the wristband’s top sensor using their other hand. The wristband pairs with a smartphone via Bluetooth, as well as uses a companion

1DataWorld, Macate Group launch smartphones with biometric authentication

1DataWorld, Inc. has partnered with Macate Group Corporation to launch a new Cyberphone line of mobile phones embedded with biometric authentication to ensure maximum security. Available starting in June, the first model of Cyberphones to be offered will be 1DW LF1, a premium Android device integrated with a fingerprint reader and dual SIM cards. The Cyberphone is designed to protect personal data stored on mobile devices, ensuring that no third party will ever be able to compromise the user’s sensitive

Synaptics introduces slim slide fingerprint sensor

Synaptics Inc. announced an all new implementation of fingerprint ID technology for mobile devices with the addition of the VFS6170 slide sensor, which is a part of the company’s line of Natural ID products. Synaptics VFS6170 is a slim biometric slide sensor for the side of a smartphone or tablet that enables single handed authentication, and further widens the company’s portfolio of fingerprint ID technologies for OEMs to integrate an ultra-slim slide sensor on the side of a device. The