From a range of technologies applicable for fingerprint sensors, AC/RF capacitive fingerprint technology has been validated by titans such as Apple, Samsung and Huawei as the dominant technology for mobile devices due to compact size and low cost. Almost half a billion capacitive fingerprint sensors were deployed by Apple, Samsung and other OEMs in 2015.
To succeed in the fingerprint sensor business its imperative to have a strong understanding of technology and possess a solid patent portfolio. IDEX have developed its know-how for over fifteen years, and owns the strongest core IP in AC/RF capacitive fingerprint sensing outside Apple.
The IP portfolio consist of more than 25 patent families including more than 215 granted patents, as well as cross licenses with Apple. This strong patent portfolio sets a high barrier to entry for new entrants.
The development of efficient fingerprint matching products suitable for meeting the security needs of evolving mobile payment systems, produced in high volume, at reasonable prices, and meeting the cosmetic and industrial design objectives of todays mobile OEM’s involves a truly multi-disciplined system development approach. IDEX’s complete ownership of all technologies involved in the process including analog front end, firmware control, IC design, matching algorithm and security software architecture via some of the most experienced industry veterans in the field of biometrics have resulted in closely coupled and highly efficient fingerprint matching systems and a product roadmap that will take highly convenience based security to the next level.