Fingerprint Cards launches third-generation single-chip fingerprint sensor

Fingerprint Cards has launched its first commercial third-generation fingerprint sensor, the FPC1291, which it says not only removes the need for a companion chip, but does so while “maintaining and even exceeding” the performance of dual-chip systems, according to an announcement.

The company says the FPC1291 comes in different variations for different top layers, such as ceramic or glass, and will simplify the design process for OEMs. It supports easy hardware integration in smartphones and other hardware.

“We are very proud to launch the third generation of fingerprint sensors, starting with FPC1291. It will not only have better biometric performance in everyday use cases, but also in tougher conditions as the new technology handles distortion like common mode noise better than ever before”, says Pontus Jägemalm, Senior VP Research & Development and CTO at Fingerprints.

Following extensive testing and verification, prototypes are now available for smartphone makers, in collaboration with module manufacturers, and full qualification is planned during Q1 2018.

Fingerprint Cards expects sales of capacitive fingerprint sensors for smartphones to make up a smaller majority of its revenues going forward, as it adapts to shifting market, according to the company’s recent year-end report. Fingerprint Cards also recently announced a partnership with Altran Technologies to offer its fingerprint and iris recognition technology to the automotive industry.

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