Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has delivered its ‘Technology Update’ in Stockholm, Sweden, which covered the company’s core business, capacitive sensors in smartphones, as well as updated information on new segments and technologies such as smartcards, IoT (Internet of Things) and iris.
Christian Fredrikson, CEO, was joined on stage by Vivek Khandelwal, VP of product and business functions and Farzan Ghavanini, senior manager of transducer technology development.
During the presentation, FPC provided an update on new applications and technologies with a focus on in-display.
The company has reallocated a significant portion of its R&D resources from its conventional semiconductor business to new areas within biometrics.
According to FPC, the company continues to invest in new innovation while at the same time increasing innovation capacity and speed.
FPC is leading the market in capacitive sensors, setting the global standard when it comes to features, security, convenience, and quality.
Meanwhile, the company said its smartcard offering is attracting significant and growing interest. In the card market, FPC can demonstrate its leading position in biometrics and take advantage of its strong market position in biometric identification and authentication.
FPC recently launched T-Shape, a one-component solution designed for efficient mass production.
The advantages of T-shape include ultra-low power consumption and excellent image quality and biometric performance.
FPC is also a leading supplier of iris recognition and an advocate of multimodal solutions. As the use of biometric solutions increases, the company is working to expand its offering by using different biometric techniques, and modalities in its solutions.
Currently, FPC is the only multimodality solution provider combining fingerprint with iris, along with a best-in-class security.
The company has developed an ultrasonic sensing technology with the goal of enabling fingerprints to be captured anywhere on the display of a smartphone or any device.
FPC is expecting to engage with key customers in H1 2018 to further develop the technology and to bring it to mass market.
The company has reallocated a large part of its R&D resources from capacitive sensors in mobiles to other technologies, one of which is in-display sensing technology which it began development on in late 2016.
The new technology has several advantages, including the complete front side of the device can be used for the display and still incorporate a fingerprint sensing functionality to ensure greater screen-to-phone ratio; the entire surface can be used for fingerprint sensing; a fingerprint can be captured on different surfaces, including glass and metal, as well as works when the finger is wet or when the finger is submerged under water; and the technology works equally well with LCD panels as well as OLED panels.
“I am very excited about our in-display technology,” said Fredrikson. “It is truly innovative and disruptive and allows fingerprint sensing to be done in new ways on many different surfaces. I can see many potential application areas, but our initial focus is, of course, the use in high-end smartphones.”
In-display technology will serve as the base for the development of a new generation of fingerprint sensing products in collaboration with existing and new partners in the smartphone value chain, Fredrikson said.
The technology will also co-exist with, and complement, existing technologies such as capacitive sensors and iris-scanning.
Last month, Fingerprint Cards (FPC) commissioned research group Kantar TNS to conduct a study on how consumers perceive biometrics, including which methods are being used, for what, and why.