Today, new update has come down the wire in the continuing story of Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC) and its major design win (announced in December 2013). The Swedish fingerprint sensor manufacturer has announced that it has received the first ramp order of its FPC1020 capacitive touch sensors totalling SEK 18 million (approximately USD 2.75 million).
The production ramp that this order will serve is scheduled for May and June of this year.
Fingerprint Cards first announced the design win associated with this order in December of last year. The win saw that FPC’s touch sensor will be included on a flagship smartphone targeted for launch this summer.
The initial pre-ramp order, made in April and worth SEK 4 million, is slated for delivery this month. Before the end of 2014, FPC expects to ship over three million units of the FPC1020 for this flagship mobile device alone.
“It is with great pride that we announce a follow-up order for the ramp so soon after the first purchase order for the FPC 1020 related to a smartphone and with a Global Tier 1 player, on track for a timely launch,” says Johan Carlström, president and CEO of Fingerprint Cards.
The FPC1020 made a big splash when it was announced in autumn of 2013. Shortly after the design win in question, Mobile ID Word and findBIOMETRICS president Peter O’Neill interviewed FPC chairman Urban Fagerstedt about the decisions involved in introducing the touch sensor.
Very recently, Fingerprint Cards announced that building on the design and technology of the FPC1020 has given birth to the newest sensor in the FPC product catalog: the FPC1021 touch sensor for Windows and Android mobile devices. The new sensor is the smallest that FPC has ever released and is expected to be in high demand where strong authentication is needed on a device and design space is limited.