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Innolux teams up to make flexible fingerprint sensor

By Lisa Wang  /  Staff reporter

LCD panel maker Innolux Corp (群創) yesterday said it has teamed up with NEXT Biometrics Group ASA to produce the world’s first flexible fingerprint sensor.

The companies have already worked together in supplying rigid fingerprint sensors to PC and tablet vendors such as Dell Inc, and the new collaboration is expected to strengthen their partnership.

The new flexible fingerprint sensor will have more accuracy than the capacitive sensor used in Apple Inc’s iPhones and iPads, given its capacity to scan a larger area, Innolux said.

It will also be more affordable than the capacity sensors used in high-end smartphones, the company added.

Through flexible fingerprint sensors, Innolux plans to expand its business from handsets to smart cards, credit cards and debit cards.

About 100 million smart cards, credit cards or debit cards are in worldwide circulation each year, the Miaoli-based company said.

Innolux expects to enter mass production of the flexible fingerprint sensors in the second quarter of next year.

The two companies are expected to ship 2 million units per month next year and 10 million units per month in 2018, NEXT Biometrics forecast.

They did not release financial details of the deal.

Innolux shares yesterday surged 4.44 percent to NT$11.75, the highest level in about one year as prices of flat panels continued to rise.

Market researcher IHS Technology Inc’s data showed prices of mainstream 32-inch TV panels rose 9 percent monthly to US$62 per unit amid a supply constraint.

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