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FocalTech Partners with IMD to Develop Area-Type Fingerprint Sensors

Time:2014-11-04    From:FocalTech

Today, FocalTech (5280.TW) and Image Match Design Inc. (IMD) jointly announced their cooperation in developing area-type fingerprint sensing modules, and to make active inroads into the global fingerprint sensing market. The trend emerges and gives a clear picture that fingerprint sensors, propelled by their application in iPhone 5s and iPhone 6, are becoming a standard configuration for smartphones. The capacitive area fingerprint sensors in iPhone 6 have great strengths in security and user experience, and capacitive fingerprint sensors will inevitably become the market mainstream.


Following a recent agreement with IDEX ASA, an European company, to join hands in the R&D of swipe fingerprint sensors technologies, FocalTech announced today its strategic alliance with IMD to develop capacitive area fingerprint sensors to further increase its penetration in-card fingerprint sensor market. According to FocalTech, FocalTech aims at offering clients the most complete solutions, and therefore, it develops both swipe and area fingerprint sensors, samples of which will be delivered to clients within this quarter and mass production will commence in 2015. The swipe fingerprint sensor solution targets primarily mid- and low-end market, while the area fingerprint sensor solution is expected to aim at mid- and high-end market.


IMD is optimistic about the business opportunity of area fingerprint sensors, and has been dedicated to the R&D of this technology since its inception. IMD's fingerprint sensors began to be accepted by security-related manufacturers in mainland China since 2013. In 2014, IMD successfully developed fingerprint sensors for smart handheld devices, and started to make system interworking with smartphone solution providers. IMD is one of the few manufacturers capable of providing a complete line-up of fingerprint sensors so far in the fingerprint sensor industry.


It is anticipated that fingerprint sensing applications will start to spring up like mushrooms in 2015. The strategic alliance between FocalTech and IMD intends not only to master key fingerprint sensing technologies, but also to consolidate upstream and downstream supply chains to ensure steady product supply. Apart from Taiwan and mainland China markets, FocalTech will further open international market and introduce fingerprint sensing technologies to the global stage in the future.


About FocalTech
FocalTech Systems, Limited is an IC design house founded in 2005, specializing in the R&D of DSP algorithm and mixed-signal circuit design for touch controlling and display applications, its products include capacitive touch panel controller ICs and TFT-LCD driver ICs. Its operations cover IC design, process development, IC packaging technology, IC testing, and product application development, etc.


FocalTech possess a strong and self-reliant R&D team composed of experts in the field from Silicon Valley, China and Taiwan. With years of unremitting research and innovation, FocalTech earns over 200 intellectual property (IP) patents which ensure FocalTech to have the world’s leading technologies and to benefit from the patent protection.


FocalTech has successfully demonstrated full capability to support customer demands in large volume production and with highest levels of reliability for the past years. Nowadays, FocalTech becomes a world’s leading touch panel controller IC supplier, serving many international top tier mobile handheld brands. In 2013, FocalTech reaches monthly run rate of 20 Million units and the monthly shipment units are continuously growing.


FocalTech has two operations centers in Shenzhen (China) and Hsinchu (Taiwan) since its inception and the branch offices and customer service centers were established in Shanghai (China), Beijing (China), and San Jose (U.S.A.) recently, aiming to provide the more efficient technical supports to the customers world wide. FocalTech (ticker 5280.TW) is listed in Taiwan Stock Exchange.

For more information, please visit http://www.focaltech-systems.com


About Image Match Design Inc.
Image Match Design Inc. (IMD) was founded in 2011, with R&D center located at Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park in Taiwan. IMD dedicates itself to designing and developing sensing products. Currently capacitive fingerprint sensor ICs are the killer product of IMD. IMD takes pride in its excellent fingerprint recognition quality that earns support from many manufacturers of fingerprint recognition algorithm, and boasts a complete line-up of mass-producible fingerprint sensing products.


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