GIS increasing production capacity for in-display fingerprint sensor modules
According to company chairman Chou Hsien-ying, General Interface Solution (GIS) plans to sharply increase its production capacity for in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor modules in the second half of 2019 to keep up with rising demand, Digitimes reports.
The company is currently producing in-display fingerprint sensor modules at a rate of 2-2.5 million units a month, Chou reports, and that will increase significantly in July when new production facilities come online. He adds that there is also a chance the company will start volume production of similar sensor modules for a couple of Chinese handset vendors in Q4 2019 who have released sample models built with GIS’ sensing solutions.
Chou notes that it is possible for the touch module supplier to expand its capacity for in-display sensor modules to over 10 million units a month in 2020 with the goal to take a 50% plus market share. GIS’ capital expenditure for 2019 will reach NT$6 billion (US$189.86 million), with more than NT$1 billion to be used for the development of in-display sensor devices, including optical fingerprint sensor modules, Chou adds.
The OnePlus 7 Pro smartphone’s optical in-display biometric fingerprint sensor was recently hacked with some tinfoil and glue.