Biometric authentication specialist Goodix has acquired Dream Chip Technologies, a German fabless semiconductor maker.
While Goodix is perhaps best known for its work in the area of mobile biometrics – the company is a leading provider of fingerprint scanning technology for Android smartphones in particular – its acquisition of DCT is aimed at helping to extend its reach in the automotive sector, which has been DCT’s focus. Goodix has already gained a foothold in this area, having notably seen its fingerprint authentication technology integrated into the Lynk & Co 05 SUV earlier this year.
“DCT’s track record of success and market validation are perfectly aligned with our strategic development in automotive applications and ISP offerings,” explained Goodix CEO David Zhang in a statement announcing the acquisition’s completion. “Coupled with Goodix’s leading position in the marketplace, we are well positioned to deliver compelling solutions to our combined customer base.”
For DCT’s part, CEO Peter Schaper said that his company’s incorporation into Goodix will situate DCT’s ASIC solutions within an entire quality-proven supply chain, allowing the companies to address growing demand for “SoCs supporting autonomous driving as well as comfort features in the cars.”
The acquisition’s completion comes after several smartphone integrations announced in recent months, with Goodix technology being used in new devices from Motorola, Samsung, and OnePlus, among others. But the Shenzhen-based company has also demonstrated its interest in expanding into wearables, having recently announced that its biometric technology is being used in new earbuds and a smart watch.
Terms of the DCT acquisition were not disclosed in its announcement.