Taiwan firm notes fingerprint sensor sales boost
11 August 2017 14:39 GMT

Taiwan-based eMemory, a developer and provider of embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) technology, says fingerprint sensor-related sales rose rapidly so far this year.

Royalties for fingerprint sensor chip orders enjoyed an about 27-fold hike on year in the second quarter of 2017, according to eMemory president Rick Shen. Revenues generated from orders for fingerprint sensors accounted for nearly 10% of eMemory's total revenues in the second quarter.

Royalties for power management IC orders decreased 19% sequentially in the second quarter, said Shen, reported DigitTimes.

However, sales growth is expected to restore in the second half of 2017 driven by demand for handset customers' new devices slated for launch later this year.

Meanwhile, royalties for orders for display driver IC and touch with display driver IC (TDDI) solutions fell 40% sequentially in the second quarter, Shen indicated. Sales generated from the product line is also expected to start growing in the second half of 2017.

In addition, eMemory expects royalties for AMOLED panel driver ICs to start contributing substantially to company revenues in 2018, Shen noted. Currently, eMemory is partnering with six foundry houses to produce AMOLED panel driver chips.

As physical unclonable function (PUF) becomes an increasingly popular security technology, eMemory has announced the launch of its proprietary NeoPUF technology to meet growing security demand among IoT applications. The company announced recently the NeoPUF IP has been taped out on UMC's 28nm HPC+ as well as 55nm ULP technology platforms, while verification on UMC's 55nm ULP eFlash platform is expected to be completed soon.