Fingerprint Cards announces two new smartphone deployments

Fingerprint Cards announced two new smartphone deployments of its fingerprint sensors this week. The Bkav BPhone 2017 features the FPC1155 fingerprint sensor and the Sharp AQUOS S2 features the FPC1145 sensor. Each sensor supports FPC 360Touch, FPC OneTouch, FPC TouchNroll, FPC EvoTouch and FPC MoveTouch. Earlier this month, Microsoft released its Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID, equipped with Fingerprints Cards’ FPC1025 touch fingerprint sensor.

IDEX issues financial results for H1 2017, reports $1.5M in revenues

IDEX ASA has issued its interim report for the first half of 2017 which reveals revenues of NOK 4.7 million (US$590,000 million) in Q2 2017 and NOK 11.5 million (US$1.5 million) in H1 2017. In the corresponding periods of 2016, the company reported NOK 14.1 million (US$1.9 million) and NOK 17.7 million (US$2.2 million), respectively. During H1 2017, IDEX has launched some notable technology innovations, as well as making significant commercial progress on its biometric card programs. The company launched

First European trial of Mastercard’s biometric card completed

UniCredit Bulbank of Bulgaria recently completed the first European trial of Mastercard’s biometric card, which combines chip technology with fingerprint technology to verify cardholders’ identity for in-store purchases. The biometric card works similar to any other chip card whereby the cardholder inserts the card into a retailer’s terminal while placing their finger on the embedded sensor. The fingerprint is verified against the template and, if the biometrics match, the cardholder is successfully authenticated and the transaction can then be approved.

CrucialTec in talks with smartphone maker to integrate on-display fingerprint sensor by H1 2018

In an interview with The Korea Herald, CrucialTec chairman and CEO Charles Ahn said that new smartphones will soon be able to authenticate a fingerprint on a display, instead of under it. Since 2012, CrucialTec has been making investments for the development of its patented Display Fingerprint Solution (DFS). Now, Ahn said the technology is “fully ready” and that his company is in talks with the “world’s leading display manufacturers to see the first smartphone with the DFS by the

IDEX introduces matcher algorithm, wins initial order from Asian smartcard provider

IDEX has introduced a new proprietary matcher algorithm for next generation biometric cards. According to a company statement, the patented algorithm was specifically designed to deliver a step-function improvement in performance for applications with acute power, processing and memory limitations and completes IDEX’s turn-key system solution for cards. The matcher is designed for real world usability in smartcard and IOT applications, and is rotation insensitive and accepts partial touches. Combined with IDEX’s sensors it offers a complete system solution. The

Fingerprint Cards announces collaboration with module house Truly Group

Fingerprint Cards announced a new collaboration with Hong Kong-headquarted module house Truly Group. Truly also has production facilities located in Shanwei, Guangdong Province, China. “We are delighted to further strengthen our offering through this collaboration with Truly,” commented Ted Hansson, senior vice president, Business Line Mobile, at Fingerprint Cards. “Teaming up with the right, carefully selected partners and broadening our network is essential to keep growing our business.” Earlier this month Fingerprint Cards issued its Q2 2017 financial report. Some

Sharp Aquos S2 leaked photos reveal bezel-less display with fingerprint sensor

A leaked press photo and a few hands-on images of Sharp’s yet-to-be-released Aquos S2 reveals that the smartphone will feature a near bezel-less display with a fingerprint scanner hidden underneath, according to a report by 9 to 5 Google. The smartphone will join a handful of other recent smartphones that feature bezel-less displays, including the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, and Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone. Aquos S2 is expected to have a screen size of 5.5-inches, a resolution of 2040

New deployments of FPC fingerprint sensors announced this week

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) announced three new smartphone deployments of its fingerprint sensors this week. The Xiaomi 5X, MOTO Z2 Force and LG Q8 each feature the FPC1035 fingerprint sensor which supports FPC 360Touch, FPC OneTouch, FPC TouchNroll, FPC EvoTouch and FPC QuickTouch. Just last week FPC issued its Q2 2017 financial report. Some of the highlights of the quarter included the launch of a number of new mobile devices featuring FPC sensors, new important partnerships with both module suppliers and

FPC issues Q2 2017 report, announces Qualcomm partnership

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has released an interim report for Q2 2017, which saw revenues amounted to SEK 823.4 million (US$100 million) compared to SEK 1,666.1 M (US$202.2 M) in Q2 2016. The gross margin for the quarter was 36 percent, while operating profit amounted to SEK 72.0 M (US$8.7 M), compared to SEK 675.1 M (US$82 M) in the year-earlier period. Meanwhile, the company’s earnings per share before dilution amounted to SEK 0.10 M (US$10,000) compared to SEK 1.72 M

MagnaChip to be ELAN’s foundry partner for biometric smartcard production

MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation has been selected as ELAN Microelectronics’ foundry partner for the production of biometric smartcards. Embedded with a fingerprint sensor, the smartcard is designed to provide secure identification to prevent credit card fraud. The sensor-IC based smartcard will be made using MagnaChip’s 0.35 micron Mixed Signal Thick IMD manufacturing process technology. MagnaChip was chosen primarily for its recognized specialized foundry capability, proven and reliable manufacturing processes with robust analog performance, according to the media release. “We hope that