South Korea’s CrucialTec patents touchscreen fingerprint sensors
10 February 2015 11:29 GMT

CrucialTec has already supplied swipe-type fingerprint scanners to global smartphone-makers including Huawei and OPPO.

South Korean biometric sensor developer CrucialTec announced on Tuesday that it had completed a patent process for fingerprint sensors that will feature under smartphone touchscreens.

Since filing a patent for the tech in 2012, the firm has spent years developing the latest modules and conducting trials for the technology, it said in a statement reported by The Korea Herald.

“The technology, which removes the necessity of hardware buttons for fingerprint authentication, will allow more leeway for smartphone manufacturers in product design,” a CrucialTec official said.

CrucialTec has already supplied swipe-type fingerprint scanners to global smartphone-makers including Huawei and OPPO.

Last September, Planet Biometrics reported that Chinese firm Goodix had developed the announced the “world’s first” fingerprint sensor and touch panel integrated solution in cooperation with Taiwan’s TPK.

Patents filed by Apple have fuelled media speculation that the next iPhone will have a fingerprint sensor integrated into a larger touch screen.

Research firm IHS predicted in October that the integration of fingerprint sensors in smartphones and tablets by firms like Apple and Samsung will drive the value of the market fourfold to over $1.7 billion by 2020.

In December, CrucialTec’s biometric trackpad module was picked as one of the world’s leading tech products by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and the state-run Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency.

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