The mobile device fingerprint sensor market is currently in a phase of “explosive growth,” according to IHS. In a new report, the business and industry analysis firm asserts that fingerprint sensor shipments rose from 316 million to 499 million between 2014 and 2015, and will reach 1.6 billion in 2020.
The report asserts that Apple, whose Touch ID system essentially pioneered the mobile fingerprint sensor trend, continues to lead the market with its iPhone and iPad products. Meanwhile, Fingerprint Cards has now tied with Synaptics as the second-leading supplier in terms of shipments, and in fact brought in more revenues over the last year.
Commenting on this latter trend, IHS Technology principal analyst Jamie Fox asserted that as smartphone OEMs sought to emulate Apple’s lead in terms of fingerprint sensor integration, “FPC reacted very quickly to the industry’s trend,” adding that the company’s “strong customer-base in China also helped catapult the company into the top three fingerprint sensor makers in 2015.”
Looking to the future, the report points to the emergence of ultrasonic sensors as another trend to watch for, with technology from Qualcomm and InvenSense offering systems that are very resistant to spoofing. The market continues to grow, and the technologies continue to advance.
January 25, 2016 – by Alex Perala