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New Devices May Signal a Biometric Revolution in PCs

New Devices May Signal a Biometric Revolution in PCs

Is a biometric revolution starting to get underway in the world of PCs and laptops? Two newly announced devices represent further steps in that direction. Huawei’s Matebook E is a convertible tablet featuring an embedded fingerprint sensor; while it’s technically a mobile device with an attachable keyboard, it runs on Windows 10 and an Intel…

Huawei Matebook X Launches in Berlin Featuring Goodix Biometrics

Huawei Matebook X Launches in Berlin Featuring Goodix Biometrics

“The news comes in the same week that Fingerprint Cards announced that its own fingerprint sensor technology is being used in Huawei’s Matebook E, a convertible tablet, suggesting that the consumer electronics OEM is fully embracing biometric security…” A new notebook from Huawei is using a Goodix fingerprint sensor for user authentication. The Matebook X was…

OPPO’s Latest Smartphone Features Fingerprint Cards Sensor Tech

OPPO’s Latest Smartphone Features Fingerprint Cards Sensor Tech

“OPPO is by now a longstanding repeat customer of FPC, having integrated the company’s biometric technology into numerous devices over the past couple of years.” Fingerprint Cards has announced another smartphone integration of its fingerprint sensor technology. OPPO’s A77 uses the FPC1245 sensor model. In a statement announcing the integration, FPC explained that the device…

Smart Suitcase Offers New Use Case for NEXT Biometrics Tech

Smart Suitcase Offers New Use Case for NEXT Biometrics Tech

NEXT Biometrics technology has found its way into something of a novel use case, with a client having integrated a fingerprint sensor into a smart suitcase. In a statement announcing the integration, NEXT Biometrics did not name the client and product in question, but did offer several details about the suitcase. Describing it as “packed with…

The OPPO F3 Comes Equipped with an FPC1245 Sensor

The OPPO F3 Comes Equipped with an FPC1245 Sensor

A Fingerprint Cards fingerprint sensor is being used in a new device from OPPO. The OPPO F3 comes equipped with an FPC1245 sensor. It’s the same sensor model used in the F3 Plus, another newly launched offering from OPPO; and it has also been used in the R9 and R9+, the F1s, and the A57…

New Phone From Taiwanese OEM Features Cardinal Q Sensor

New Phone From Taiwanese OEM Features Cardinal Q Sensor

IDEX has announced that its Cardinal Q fingerprint sensor has been integrated into another new smartphone. The company has not offered specific details with respect to the device or OEM involved, but in a statement it indicated that the client is “a mobile Taiwanese OEM”. The company also said it’s the same OEM that went…

INTERVIEW: Ritu Favre, CEO, NEXT Biometrics

INTERVIEW: Ritu Favre, CEO, NEXT Biometrics

FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill recently spoke with Ritu Favre, CEO, NEXT Biometrics. Favre joined NEXT as its new CEO in February, and the following interview discusses her reasons for joining the Norwegian fingerprint sensor company. The discussion reveals her priorities for the company in 2017, specifically concerning the burgeoning biometric smart cards market. Conversation then turns to…

Goodix Wins Edison Award for Live Finger Detection Solution

Goodix Wins Edison Award for Live Finger Detection Solution

Goodix is celebrating a win at the 2017 Edison Awards, which took place recently in New York. The company won a Gold Edison Award in the category of Applied Technology for its Live Finger Detection fingerprint sensor technology. The technology combines fingerprint recognition with cardiac biometrics, sensing whether a heartbeat can be detected in a…

Zwipe Gives Details on New Partnership With Iris Corporation

Zwipe Gives Details on New Partnership With Iris Corporation

Zwipe is offering more details on its new partnership with Malaysia-based Iris Corporation Berhad. The companies’ collaboration was reported immediately in the wake of the Seamless Asia expo, where Zwipe demonstrated its new biometric payment card solution. Details at the time were scant, but it has now come to light that the partnership comes in…

Xiaomi Mi 6 Features FPC Under-Glass Sensor

Xiaomi Mi 6 Features FPC Under-Glass Sensor

“It’s the second smartphone maker to take advantage of FPC’s new sensor model, which is designed for under-glass applications, with Huawei having led the charge late last year.” Xiaomi is sticking with Fingerprint Cards for its smartphones’ biometric capabilities, with a new device, the Mi 6, featuring an FPC1268 fingerprint sensor. It’s the second smartphone…

Zwipe Unveils Biometric Smart Card at Seamless Asia Expo

Zwipe Unveils Biometric Smart Card at Seamless Asia Expo

“Zwipe’s new smart card can operate via EMV or on a swipe basis, and the company says it meets ISO standards. It features a built-in fingerprint sensor and encrypts and stores that biometric information on the card itself, and it does not require a battery to operate.” Zwipe is finally unveiling its biometric payment card…

QiKU 360 F5 Features an FPC1245 Sensor

QiKU 360 F5 Features an FPC1245 Sensor

“…FPC emphasized that it’s the company’s first deployment with Spreadtrum, a China-based chipset maker focused on the lower end of the smartphone price spectrum.” Fingerprint Cards technology is being used in a new smartphone from QiKU. The 360 F5 features an FPC1245 sensor. In a statement announcing the integration, FPC emphasized that it’s the company’s…

FPC Sensor Featured on New Micromax Smartphone

FPC Sensor Featured on New Micromax Smartphone

“…in addition to the biometric authentication security offered by FPC’s fingerprint sensor, the smartphone also offers ‘encryption of phone calls, messages, WeChat messages amongst others.’” Fingerprint Cards is celebrating its first sensor integration with an India-based OEM, with Micromax using an FPC1035 sensor in its latest smartphone. In a statement announcing the integration, FPC Business…

Synaptics Announces New Addition to Natural ID Sensor Line

Synaptics Announces New Addition to Natural ID Sensor Line

Synaptics has announced a new addition to its Natural ID line of fingerprint sensors. The FS4600 family of Natural ID sensors appears to build on the under-glass capabilities of the FS9100 optical sensor announced late last year, with Synaptics proclaiming that the new sensors are able to scan through glass, ceramic, or polymer coatings. They also…

NEXT Biometrics Completes Testing of New ASIC Chip

NEXT Biometrics Completes Testing of New ASIC Chip

NEXT Biometrics has completed testing of its A2 ASIC chip, which its CEO calls a “cornerstone” of the company’s strategy. NEXT says the ASIC chip has applications in smart cards, access control, and notebooks, and that the first order for the chip has already been placed. The company also says the chip could reduce costs…

FPC Aims To Be the Leader in Biometry

FPC Aims To Be the Leader in Biometry

Earlier this month we were in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2017 where biometrics technology once again received great deal of attention. One of the big identity trends of this year’s show was fingerprint sensor innovation—under-glass deployments, in-keyboard integrations, even the unveiling of the world’s first in-display fingerprint sensor. Among the excitement around this modality…

InvenSense-GF Partnership Produces Under-Glass Ultrasonic Sensor Solution

InvenSense-GF Partnership Produces Under-Glass Ultrasonic Sensor Solution

MEMS sensor technology developer InvenSense has teamed up with GlobalFoundries (GF) to develop ultrasonic fingerprint scanning technology for the mobile and IoT markets. Called the InvenSense UltraPrint Ultrasound Fingerprint Touch Sensor Solution, it’s the product of a development process that leverages GF’s aluminum nitride manufacturing technology to enable the production of piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers.…

Mobile Fingerprint Biometrics And Adaptation

Mobile Fingerprint Biometrics And Adaptation

It has been four years since Touch ID popularized fingerprint biometrics on mainstream smartphones and we are now close to seeing fingerprint sensor ubiquity on mobile devices. Recent research from Acuity Market Intelligence states that there are over 500 biometric smartphone models on the market, and what’s more: they are affordable, with many landing under…

IDEX Receives New Order For Biometric Smart Card Fingerprint Tech

IDEX Receives New Order For Biometric Smart Card Fingerprint Tech

IDEX has received a new order for its smart card fingerprint sensor technology from Italy-based biometric device developer Card Tech. The order is part of a larger collaboration announced by the two companies. In a statement, they explained their project to work with “a top-tier card integrator to deliver a biometric card module” that will…

Strong Sales a Highlight in NEXT Biometrics Corporate Update

Strong Sales a Highlight in NEXT Biometrics Corporate Update

NEXT Biometrics has announced its results for Q4 and 2016 as a whole, reporting a considerable uptick in revenues. In Q4, NEXT Biometrics saw sales of 31.8 million NOK, compared to sales of 28.4 million NOK in Q3 and 1.7 million NOK in Q4 of 2015. And the year as a whole saw revenues of…

Goodix Announces In-Display Fingerprint Sensor at MWC

Goodix Announces In-Display Fingerprint Sensor at MWC

Goodix has followed through on its promise of a new “world’s first” technology at this year’s Mobile World Congress with what appears to be the first commercial, in-display fingerprint sensor. It’s designed for integration directly into an AMOLED screen, and the company says it offers a “compact size and very low power consumption”, according to…

MWC 2017: Egis Launches New Fingerprint Sensor Tech

MWC 2017: Egis Launches New Fingerprint Sensor Tech

Egis Technology is kicking off its run at this week’s Mobile World Congress with the launch of a new under-glass fingerprint sensor capable of scanning through up to 1000 micrometers. In a statement announcing the technology, Egis acknowledged that “some lesser technologies” have also enabled under-glass sensor deployments, but the company said that its solution…

MWC 2017: New Huawei Smartphone Features Under-Glass Sensor

MWC 2017: New Huawei Smartphone Features Under-Glass Sensor

“The new device and its under-glass sensor integration were announced at this week’s Mobile World Congress…” Huawei has launched another smartphone featuring Fingerprint Cards‘ FPC1268 sensor in an under-glass configuration. The integration demonstrates Huawei’s continuing interest in under-glass sensor technology. With FPC, the company helped to pioneer this technology with a few devices launched toward…

Meitu T8 Uses FPC1235 Biometric Sensor

Meitu T8 Uses FPC1235 Biometric Sensor

Meitu is using Fingerprint Cards‘ FPC1235 sensor in a new device, the T8. It isn’t the first time Meitu has used an FPC sensor. The company integrated an FPC1035 into its Meitu M6s smartphone announced late last year; and its first biometric smartphone, the original Meitu M6, used the same sensor model. The integration suggests…

IDEX to Show Off New Glass and Ceramic Sensors at MWC

IDEX to Show Off New Glass and Ceramic Sensors at MWC

IDEX has launched a new series of glass and ceramic fingerprint sensors for mobile devices. In a statement announcing the new products, IDEX CEO Dr. Hemant Mardia said they would serve mobile OEMs that are “increasingly relying on glass to strengthen the industrial designs of next generation smartphones.” The company will officially launch the new…

IDEX Completes Development of ASIC for Off-Chip Sensors

IDEX Completes Development of ASIC for Off-Chip Sensors

IDEX has completed the development stage for its new ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) for off-chip fingerprint sensors, the company has announced. In a statement, IDEX CEO Hemant Mardia called the ASIC’s development “a significant strategic milestone” for the company. Mardia said the ASIC offers “the smallest footprint of any chip we have ever introduced,” and…

FPC Sensor Used in Another Redmi Device

FPC Sensor Used in Another Redmi Device

Fingerprint Cards technology is helping to enable the biometric capabilities of another new Redmi device from Xiaomi. The company has announced that its FPC1035 sensor is being used in the new Redmi Note 4X. News of the integration arrives not long after that of a previous pair of Redmi devices – the Redmi 4 and…

IDEX Partners with China Distributor Comtech

IDEX Partners with China Distributor Comtech

Norway-based fingerprint sensor developer IDEX has secured a new distributor for China: Comtech has signed on and already placed its initial orders for the company’s sensors. In a statement announcing the new partnership, IDEX CEO Hemant Mardia asserted that “[t]he Chinese market for fingerprint sensors is large and growing,” and said the agreement “ensures that we…

FPC Aims to Meet Old and New Friends at MWC

FPC Aims to Meet Old and New Friends at MWC

Fingerprint Cards has announced that for the fourth year in a row, it will participate in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) conference and exhibition. FPC will be in the Fira Gran Via hall, and will highlight its solutions from booth 1B42. Among those solutions will be “market leading smartphone products, the latest smartcard trends and…

NEXT Gets Capital Influx Along with New CEO

NEXT Gets Capital Influx Along with New CEO

Norway-based NEXT Biometrics is seeing an influx of cash from a big new order and a private placement. As Reuters reports, the order is valued at $100,000, and is for a new, unnamed client. NEXT says the order is from a “NEXT-enabled” market sector, referring to areas in which its low-cost fingerprint sensors offer a particularly…

Former Synaptics SVP is New CEO of NEXT Biometrics

Former Synaptics SVP is New CEO of NEXT Biometrics

“Meanwhile, Tore Etholm-Idsøe is staying on with NEXT as its new Chairman of the Board.” NEXT Biometrics has a new CEO. Ritu Favre, former Biometrics Products Division GM and SVP of Synaptics, is taking the helm from Tore Etholm-Idsøe, the company has announced. In a statement announcing the appointment, NEXT Biometrics Chair Brita Eilertsen emphasized Favre’s “extensive…

New US Sales Partner Marks Expansion of Marketing Efforts for IDEX

New US Sales Partner Marks Expansion of Marketing Efforts for IDEX

IDEX has contracted a US sales agent specializing in the North California and Nevada region. Paragon Technical will now help to promote the Norway-based company’s fingerprint sensor solutions in the US. In a statement announcing the partnership, IDEX CEO Hemant Mardia called Paragon Technical “a sales agent with a solid industry track record and a…

FPC Announces Three New Mobile Integrations

FPC Announces Three New Mobile Integrations

“These are the third, fourth, and fifth smartphone integrations announced by FPC so far this year…” Fingerprint Cards is ending the week with the announcement of three new mobile integrations for its biometric sensors. A new phone from HiSense, the HiSense A2, features an FPC1145 fingerprint sensor. The device is a sequel to the HiSense…

NEXT Biometrics Aiming to Get Flexible Sensor Into Mass Production in Q2

NEXT Biometrics Aiming to Get Flexible Sensor Into Mass Production in Q2

In his annual New Year’s letter to investors, NEXT Biometrics CEO Tore Etholm-Idsoe is anticipating considerable growth in the smart card market, which he says “represents almost endless opportunities”. Etholm-Idsoe points out that NEXT’s flexible fingerprint sensor, which is intended for smart cards, is now in prototype form, with the company working with partner Innolux…

New Huawei, Xiaomi Phones Feature FPC Sensors

New Huawei, Xiaomi Phones Feature FPC Sensors

“Huawei… recently found itself at the cutting edge of mobile biometrics when it integrated FPC’s under-glass FPC1268 sensor into its Honor Magic device.” Fingerprint Cards is celebrating two new fingerprint sensor integrations to kick off the new year. Huawei’s new Honor 6X features an FPC1025 sensor, while Xiaomi’s newest white Mi Mix smartphone features an…

Goodix Wins CES Innovation Award for Liveness-Detecting Fingerprint Sensor

Goodix Wins CES Innovation Award for Liveness-Detecting Fingerprint Sensor

Goodix has won a prestigious CES 2017 award for an innovative fingerprint sensor system with built-in liveness detection. It has become the first China-based IC company to win a Best of Innovation Award in the category of Embedded Technologies, thanks to its Live Fingerprint Detection Sensor. It’s an optical fingerprint sensor system that also uses infrared…

FPC Takes Major Step Into PC Market

FPC Takes Major Step Into PC Market

Fingerprint Cards has taken its first big step into the PC market with a new solution aimed at connecting its fingerprint sensors to protected enclaves in PCs. It’s a software-based solution designed to support computers using Windows 10 and Intel processors. In a statement, FPC explained that the solution is designed to be “implemented on…

IDEX to Show Off ISO-ID1 Solution at CES 2017

IDEX to Show Off ISO-ID1 Solution at CES 2017

Norway-based fingerprint biometrics specialist IDEX is aiming to make a splash at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, where it will not only show off its technological solutions but also look for new partners and investors.   In a statement announcing its participating in the this week’s event, IDEX said it will showcase an ISO-ID1 smart…

Samsung Notebook 9 Integrations ‘an Important Milestone’ for FPC

Samsung Notebook 9 Integrations ‘an Important Milestone’ for FPC

New laptop devices from Samsung feature built-in fingerprint sensors care of Fingerprint Cards. The 13.3″ and 15″ models of the Notebook 9 devices each use the FPC1025 sensor model. The integrations will let users take advantage of the Windows Hello biometric authentication system built into Windows 10. While the Notebook 9 aren’t the first devices…

Synaptics Partners With OXi Technology

Synaptics Partners With OXi Technology

Synaptics has announced a new partnership with OXi Technology, an optical fingerprint technology developer based in Shanghai. The agreement will see the companies work together on optical fingerprint sensors for the mobile and PC markets. The deal will see Synaptics take a minority stake in OXi shares, which it expects to complete “within a few…

VKANSEE Will Bring Precise Biometrics Software to Under-Glass Sensors

VKANSEE Will Bring Precise Biometrics Software to Under-Glass Sensors

China-based fingerprint sensor maker VKANSEE has licensed Precise Biometrics’ flagship algorithm software for smartphones and tablets, Precise BioMatch Mobile. —Take Our Biometrics Year in Review Survey NOW!— In a statement announcing the agreement, Precise Biometrics CEO Håkan Persson suggested that the biometric software would be used in under-glass deployments of VKANSEE’s optical sensors. Precise Biometrics’ longtime hardware…

IDEX Receives Repeat Sensor Order From Taiwan-based Mobile Customer

IDEX Receives Repeat Sensor Order From Taiwan-based Mobile Customer

IDEX is celebrating another technology integration with a repeat customer. A Taiwan-based mobile OEM has incorporated the company’s Cardinal Q sensor into a new device. In a statement announcing the integration, IDEX again declined to name the client, but said that it had received multiple orders from this same company earlier this year. IDEX Worldwide…

FPC Announces Smart Card Sensor Line: FPC1300 Series

FPC Announces Smart Card Sensor Line: FPC1300 Series

FPC1300 series sensors are designed to be very thin and to use very little power. Having announced its intentions to explore new market areas beyond mobile biometrics near the start of this year, Fingerprint Cards is now taking a major step into the smart cards arena with the announcement of a new line of sensors designed…

Coolpad Note 3S Enables Biometric Security via FPC1035

Coolpad Note 3S Enables Biometric Security via FPC1035

A Fingerprint Cards fingerprint sensor is being used in another new device from Coolpad. The Coolpad Note 3S enables biometric scanning via an FPC1035. It’s the same sensor model used in the Coolpad Note 5 announced earlier this autumn, and in Coolpad’s Max Lite smartphone announced this past spring. The company is evidently one of…

OPPO A57 Features FPC1245 Biometric Sensor

OPPO A57 Features FPC1245 Biometric Sensor

Fingerprint Cards biometric technology is being used in a new smartphone from OPPO. Called the OPPO A57, the device features an FPC1245 fingerprint sensor. OPPO is by now a consistent, repeat client of FPC. The same sensor model was used in its multiple previous devices put out by the company over the course of this…

FlexEnable To Show Off Flexible Fingerprint Sensor at Trustech

FlexEnable To Show Off Flexible Fingerprint Sensor at Trustech

“For its part, FlexEnable boasts that its sensor’s ISORG-supplied organic photodiodes allow a particularly thin form factor, with the sensor being only 0.3mm thick.” Another contender has entered the ring: UK-based FlexEnable will show off its flexible fingerprint sensor for smart cards at next week’s Trustech 2016 conference. There are already a couple of other…

Under-Glass Sensors Are Here, What’s Next For Smartphone Fingerprints?

Under-Glass Sensors Are Here, What’s Next For Smartphone Fingerprints?

It seems like only yesterday that Apple’s launch of its Touch ID fingerprint biometrics system was being met by mainstream media skepticism and high profile presentation attacks. But in the few short years that followed Apple’s bid on biometrics, the mobile fingerprint sensor has become almost ubiquitous. Indeed, it is almost more notable now when…

Flexible Fingerprint Sensors to Take Focus at Trustech

Flexible Fingerprint Sensors to Take Focus at Trustech

IDEX is going to show off its flexible fingerprint sensor technology for smart cards at next week’s Trustech 2016 expo in Cannes. It’s technology that IDEX has been pursuing together with Safran Identity & Security, with IDEX offering up the biometric sensors while Safran provides the card technology. At Trustech, it will be demonstrated in an…

FPC to Reveal 2017 Guidance on Capital Markets Day

FPC to Reveal 2017 Guidance on Capital Markets Day

Fingerprint Cards is looking to drum up some investor excitement with plans for a Capital Markets Day on December 8th. The company will issue its 2017 guidance that morning, and will host a presentation starting at 13:00 CET (7:00 AM ET). In a statement announcing its plans, FPC said topics to be covered include “Megatrends…

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