Innolux tapping into glass-based fingerprint sensor market

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Flat panel maker Innolux has signed a collaboration agreement with fingerprint solution provider SuperC-Touch and fingerprint scanner supplier Startek Engineering to develop glass substrate-based fingerprint sensors to tap the fast growing mobile payment market.
Innolux is utilizing its older-generation 3.5G LTPS-LCD line in Chunan, Taiwan to produce glass capacitive fingerprint sensors built using patented fingerprint identification technology developed by SuperC-Touch, according to CK Wei, assistance vice president of Innolux's technology development center.
Startek Engineering, a well-established distributor of fingerprint scanners, will then use the glass capacitive sensors to produce fingerprint scanners for global sales, particularly in India and China.
The 3.5G LTPS fab has a production capacity of 65,000 glass substrates a month and is currently rolling out products for applications including fingerprint sensors, smartphones and wearable devices, Wei said.
Glass substrates have cost advantage over that of wafers for the manufacture of fingerprint sensors because a glass substrate used by a 3.5G LTPS line measures up to 620x750mm, which is 14 times an 8-inch wafer in terms of area, Wei explained.
The mobile payment market in India is set for explosive growth as its government is promoting a number of policies, including Digitial India, UPI (unified payment interface) instant real-time payment system and its Aadhaar virtual ID systems, according to sources at Startek.
Samples of glass-based sensors co-developed by Innolux and SuperC-Touch have been delivered to India, China and the US for verification with volume production of the sensors slated for the third quarter of 2019, indicated the sources.
Fingerprint scanners equipped with Innolux's glass sensors are expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2020 at the earliest, said the sources, adding that the scanners will target government business and retail POS fingerprint sensor markets intially.



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