Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC) offers a complete range of technology for working with fingerprint biometrics, sensors, biometric processors and modules. In a release, FPC confirmed that it has received an order worth more than $3 million from Hardware & Software Technologies, the company’s distributor in China and Taiwan.
The order encompasses the FPC1011F3 area sensor, a new compact CMOS fingerprint sensor with several significant advantages. It is noted to deliver superior image quality with 256 gray scale values in every single programmable pixel. The reflective measurement method sends an electrical signal via the frame directly into the finger. This technique enables the use of an unbeatable hard and thick protective surface coating. The sensor, with its 3D pixel sensing technology, can read virtually any finger; dry or wet. FPC1011F3 is delivered with a designed micro-ergonomic guidance frame, simplifying proper fingerprint guidance and hence improving algorithm performance.
There is a strong demand for FPC’s solutions in China, both for banking applications and new government-related projects, due to which customers has increased significantly since the first quarter of 2012, said the company.
“The timing of this order is in line with the most optimistic forecast we provided in the financial reports for the first and second quarters of 2012 and it confirms our number one position in the Chinese market for capacitive area sensors, where FPC has a market share exceeding 80 percent,” Johan Carlström, president and chief executive officer of Fingerprint Cards AB said in a statement.
FPC also clarified that the delivery of the entire order is scheduled for 2013, partly in the first quarter and partly in the second quarter.
FPC is one of the very few sensor vendors to sustain up to and well above the requirement for 15kV electrostatic discharge, as well as wear cycle tests for more than one million touches to the sensor. FPC recently completed integration of its algorithm and swipe sensor into the embedded Secure Element from Infineon Technologies (News - Alert). The primary solution will be plug & play for mobile NFC solution providers to enable secure access and transactions in mobile phones and tablets.
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