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First smartphone models using SCHOTT’s ultra-thin glass in fingerprint sensors introduced to the market

German specialty glass expert SCHOTT announced that the first flagship smartphone models using SCHOTT’s ultra-thin glass D263 T eco in fingerprint sensors are on the market. The material properties of the ultra-thin glass enable very high recognition reliability of the sensors, helping to protect the end-consumer’s privacy while maintaining a high level of user convenience.

The company says they are the only one in the world to offer ultra-thin glass which can be chemically strengthened, making it possible to use very strong ultra-thin glass in sensor environments that require a particularly robust material and enables easier handling and processing of the ultra-thin glass.

While some Chinese smartphone manufacturers have already adopted the D263 T eco product as the cover material of the fingerprint sensor in their newest flagship models, the ultra-thin glass is also being evaluated by fabless sensor players, glass processors, module assemblers and smartphones OEMs inside and outside of China.

“We are providing a glass solution that delivers the performance the industry demands“, says Dr. Jack Ju, Global Product Manager Thin Glass & Wafers at SCHOTT Advanced Optics in China.

Fingerprint sensors are becoming a must-have feature in smartphones for security and access control functions such as locking and unlocking the device and protecting user’s personal information such as contacts, passwords, maybe even credit card or bank account numbers.

“A fingerprint sensor is a great solution to secure information: it is a very convenient, easy-to-use method to protect user privacy“, says Dr. Ruediger Sprengard, Head of Business Development Ultra-Thin Glass at SCHOTT Advanced Optics. “We expect many more applications to arise from this opportunity, such as the use of fingerprint sensors to enable a detection system for online/mobile payment systems and access control.”

SCHOTT will present its innovative ultra-thin glass applications at C-Touch in Shenzhen (China) from November 25 – 27, 2015.

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