IDEX ASA, a Norwegian biometric fingerprint sensor manufacturer, has recently announced the first design win for its new mobile touch fingerprint sensor. The IDEX sensor will be featured on the flagship smartphone of a second tier Asian smartphone which, as is the custom with this kind of news, will remain anonymous. The phone in question is slated for launch sometime during Q4 2014.
Commenting on the design win, Dr. Hemant Mardia, CEO of IDEX, says: “IDEX has been focusing on commercializing our best-in-class fingerprint sensor technology and leveraging our strong IP for the mobile mass market. We have recently launched and sampled mobile device customers with our swipe sensor and first generation touch sensors and these sensors have received very high interest. Our products are now being evaluated by several mobile OEMs. IDEX is seeing strong demand for small area touch sensor solutions to implement into new flagship mobile device programmes. OEMs are focused on the user experience afforded by small touch sensors. This design win represents the first commercial selection of IDEX sensors for a smartphone program and is a very important milestone in our business progression.”
IDEX has implemented high-volume manufacturing and supply capability with CrucialTec, its partner, in order to supply at commercial volumes.
Earlier this year, IDEX partnered with biometrics and cloud based mobile credentialing technology specialist BIO-key International. Our sister site, FindBiometrics, had the opportunity to interview Mardia, along with BIO-key’s chairman and CEO Michael DePasquale, shortly after the news broke.
The company’s sensors aren’t just making their way onto smartphones. Earlier this summer, IDEX announced that it received an order from Card Tech for fingerprint swipe sensors that will be integrated into biometric cards aimed at the access control and ID markets. The cards – described as ISO-compliant system-on-card solutions – will be produced by Card Tech’s tier-one production partner.