5G edge computing platform and facial recognition technology unveiled

A multi-access edge computing (MEC) platform and facial recognition technology has been jointly unveiled by Intel Corp, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, and Asia Pacific Telecom in Taiwan, the Taipei Times reports. The platform is the result a collaboration on 5G technology between the companies, after Intel and Hon Hai signed a memorandum of understanding to develop 5G network infrastructure. “The technologies are applicable to a wide range of scenarios, such as a smarter shopping experience in department stores, smart

IDEX fingerprint sensor in new handset launched by Taiwanese OEM

IDEX fingerprint sensor Cardinal Q is featured in a new flagship device from an unnamed Taiwanese OEM. The Cardinal family of fingerprint sensors have a very small silicon footprint combined with high biometric performance and offer a compelling value proposition for mobile OEMs. IDEX previously announced multiple design wins from this major Asian customer in August and October this year. “We are very pleased to have our fingerprint sensor in a handset qualified and launched by another leading mobile OEM.

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

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

Precise Biometrics, FPC fingerprint tech featured in mobile device from Taiwanese OEM

An unnamed OEM in Taiwan recently launched a smartphone model featuring Fingerprint Cards‘ sensor FPC1155 and Precise Biometrics‘ Precise BioMatch Mobile. Precise BioMatch Mobile is an algorithm solution for convenient and secure fingerprint recognition on smartphones and tablets. The patented hybrid algorithm solution is optimized for small fingerprint sensors and platforms with limited processing power and memory space. At the end of October, the two firms announced three new mobile device deployments of their fingerprint technology.

Taiwan fingerprint sensor suppliers predict strong third quarter

Fingerprint sensor suppliers based in Taiwan including Egis Technology (Egistec), Elan Microelectronics and FocalTech Systems are set to report strong sales for the third quarter of 2016 driven by the growing adoption of fingerprint sensors among Android smartphones, according to a report by Digitimes. The report notes that Egistec has entered the supply chain of Samsung Electronics and that the company’s August revenues increased to US$5.71 million. Elan disclosed that revenues for August 2016 reached a 26-month high of US$21.73

FPC receives $28.3M fingerprint sensor order from East Asian distributor

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) announced it has received an order for its touch fingerprint sensors FPC1025 and FPC1155 from the Taiwanese integrated circuits distributor World Peace Industrial Group (WPI), part of WPG Holdings. FPC is planning to deliver the order for touch fingerprint sensors – which will be used by smartphone manufacturers in China — during the third quarter. The order value of 235 MSEK (USD $28.3 million) is included in FPC’s communicated revenue guidance of more than 1,000 MSEK (USD

Use of facial recognition for law enforcement controversial in Taiwan

The National Police Agency has denied accusations that it has violated the law and human rights with its biometric facial recognition system. According to a report in the China Post, a lawmaker from the Democratic Progressive Party recently held a press conference, arguing that the NPA’s newly-launched human face recognition system of its M-Police Operation System violated laws when accessing citizen ID pictures from the country’s household registration system. According to the report, this Operation System aims to enhance the

Fingerprint Cards expands to South Korea, Taiwan, hires new Technical Managers

Fingerprint Cards has now expanded into South Korea and Taiwan, following sharp increases of demand for embedded fingerprint sensors for mobile devices. The company has brought YenSo Jung on board as Senior Technical Manager Korea, and Paul Kwon as Technical Manager Greater China. YeonSo Jung has his background in the mobile and telecom field, where he has worked with customer support both on a detailed level and as a team leader, for some of the largest mobile phone companies in