China’s semiconductor strategy is bad news for foreign companies

This is a guest post by Anthony Kimery, former Editor-in-Chief, Homeland Security Today. China’s government seems to be taking off the gloves when it comes to competition in the global market for semiconductors and related technology. As the world’s biggest manufacturer of mobile devices and consumer electronics, China imported US$227 billion of chips in 2016, almost double oil imports, according to data from China’s customs agency. In 2014, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology created a fund to

Synaptics announces mass production of in-display fingerprint sensors for smartphones

Synaptics is pitting its fingerprint biometrics against Apple’s FaceID, as the company announced it has reached mass production of its Clear ID FS9500 in-display fingerprints sensors with a Tier 1 OEM. Screens have grown relative to device sizes, typically covering 64 percent of the front surface in 2011, compared to 84 percent for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and 83 percent for the iPhone 10 in 2017. Synaptics predicts that full-surface OLED “infinity displays” will soon dominate the top end of

Swedish biometrics company may miss opportunity by snubbing Chinese investor

This is a guest post by Anthony Kimery, Former Editor-in-Chief, Homeland Security Today. Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC), which develops biometric systems that let consumers use their fingerprints to unlock mobile phones and other devices, two weeks ago, took the unusual step of talking down its share price. On November 23, Fingerprint Cards CEO and Chairman Christian Fredrikson said the company had been approached by an investor but did not expect negotiations to result in an investment. The stock declined, giving

Synaptics webcasting next week’s analyst and investor meeting

Synaptics will provide a live audio webcast of its Analyst and Investor Meeting starting at 9AM PT on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The Analyst and Investor Meeting will see a series of presentations by key members of Synaptics’ senior management team which may include information regarding current and future products and technologies, end-market trends, and the company’s current financial prospects. The audio webcast portions of the event will be made available on the company’s Investor Relations website. Last month, Keybanc

Report says Egistec most likely fingerprint sensor supplier for Samsung Galaxy S9

Egis Technology is the most likely fingerprint sensor supplier for the Samsung Galaxy S9, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report cited by Digitimes Egis Technology has previously supplied fingerprint sensors to Samsung for its Galaxy A-, C- and J-series smartphones but obtaining orders for the upcoming Galaxy S9 series model will be its first time to cut into the supply chain for Samsung’s high-end Galaxy S-series smartphone series. According to market watchers quoted in the report, winning a fingerprint

Fingerprint Cards sensor featured in Huawei Honor V10

Fingerprint Cards sensor FPC1267 is featured in the new Huawei Honor V10 smartphone. The FPC1267 is developed with super-thin packaging technology and integrated seamlessly on the front, below the 18:9 ratio screen of Honor V10. Just last week, Fingerprint Cards confirmed in a statement that it had been approached regarding the preparation of a possible takeover bid for the company’s shares, but “the probability for the offer plans being realized is low”.

NEXT Biometrics introduces standard-compliant smart card with flexible fingerprint sensor and new peripheral device

NEXT Biometrics has launched the Oyster II peripheral fingerprint reader, and along with smart card manufacturing partner Tactilis is demonstrating a biometric smart card with a flexible sensor compliant with international standards. NEXT and Tactilis are demonstrating the new card solution, which they say is a market first, this week at Trustech 2017. The biometric-system-on-card (BSoC) integrates NEXT’s signature advanced large area flexible sensor technology to meet the security and user experience requirements of the financial, government and access control

NEXT Biometrics showcasing its newest products and tech at TRUSTECH

NEXT Biometrics will be showcasing smartcards using its flexible fingerprint sensor modules and a new generation of fingerprint sensor technology and scanners at TRUSTECH later this month. TRUSTECH 2017 will be held November 28 to 30 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France and focuses on secure transactions, authentication and connectivity solutions used in the financial services and retail industries, enterprise, security and IoT applications, as well as to meet government identification requirements. In addition, Kolja Vogel, Biometric Solution

Synaptics closing in on mass production of in-display fingerprint sensor

Synaptics shares have risen on a report by Keybanc semiconductors market analyst John Vinh that the company is closer to mass production of its in-display fingerprint sensor than he had previously thought, Barron’s reports. “We believe Synaptics has significantly improved performance in its in-display fingerprint sensor and is currently undergoing final qualification at a tier-1 Chinese OEM,” wrote Vinh, KeyBanc Capital Markets Managing Director, Equity Research Analyst, per Barrons. “We believe the company’s in-display fingerprint sensor still falls short of

Fingerprint Cards tops Sweden Technology Fast 50 again

Fingerprint Cards is the first company to take first place for two consecutive years in Deloitte’s independent ranking of Sweden’s fastest growing technology companies, the Sweden Technology Fast 50. Fingerprint Cards saw growth of 6,858 percent. The company’s line of touch sensors come in 55 smartphone models with 23 different manufacturers. The company was founded in 1997 and is listed on the LargeCap list since 2016. Fingerprint Cards is the first company ever in the Swedish ranking’s fourteen-year history that