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Isorg, FlexEnable win award for high-resolution flexible plastic fingerprint sensor


Isorg announced that its first large-sized high-resolution flexible plastic fingerprint sensor, which it co-developed with FlexEnable, won the 2017 Best of Sensors Expo – Silver Applications Award.

The ultra-thin 500 dpi flexible image sensor (sensitive from visible to near infrared) offers significant benefits for system integrators in performance and compactness.

The sensor is able to conform to three-dimensional shapes, which differentiates it from conventional image sensors. The device provides dual detection: fingerprinting in addition to vein matching.

The device’s large-area sensing and high-resolution image quality makes it ideal for a wide range of biometric applications (fingerprint scanners, smartcards, and mobile phones) where accuracy, robustness, and cost-effectiveness are key.

Several biometric solution providers have sampled the flexible image sensor, verifying its readiness for deployment in products and compliance with FBI Image Quality Standards (IQS).

“Isorg is very honored to have received an international award for our groundbreaking high-resolution flexible image sensor technology whilst attending the most important global trade event dedicated to sensor innovations,” said Emmanuel Guerineau, general manager and CFO at Isorg. “We are delighted to have collaborated with FlexEnable to produce the world’s first printed electronics image sensor that overcomes the limitations of traditional sensors. Biometric solution providers will be able to take advantage of the key differentiating factors that our technology brings, such as customized formats in large and small sizes, and easy integration. We see these opening up new opportunities across multiple applications.”

Isorg said it is planning to launch high-volume production of the flexible image sensor at its new plant in Limoges, France to support its large-scale commercialization in the global biometrics market.

The sensor is built on Organic Photodiode (OPD), an Isorg-developed printed structure that converts light into current, which enables it to capture the fingerprint.

In addition, Isorg developed the readout electronics, the processing software and the optics to enable seamless integration in products.

FlexEnable developed the Organic TFT backplane technology, an alternative to amorphous silicon. The companies began their partnership in Q4 2013.

Designed on a large area (3” x 3.2”; 7.62 x 8.13cm) plastic substrate, the flexible image sensor is ultra-thin (300 microns) and is therefore lightweight, compact and highly resistant to shock.

“We are delighted that the large area flexible fingerprint sensor we developed with Isorg has been recognized with such a prestigious award,” said Paul Cain, strategy director at FlexEnable. “Thanks to being thin, light and glass-free, the sensor can be conformed to almost any surface to enable new form factors and use cases not possible with conventional fingerprint sensors.”

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