Capacitive Fingerprint Sensors on Smartphones: Supply Chain and Future Developments

Capacitive Fingerprint Sensors on Smartphones: Supply Chain and Future Developments

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Published on Jun 06, 2014 - 25 pages

In the wake of its acquisition of capacitive fingerprint sensor maker AuthenTec in mid-2012, Apple rolled out iPhone 5S that incorporates an embedded capacitive fingerprint sensor in 2013 and gained intense media attention. Later, the HTC Max and the Samsung Galaxy S5 were released and both embraced a fingerprint sensor similar to the iPhone 5S. Fingerprint sensor technology is not the first time being used on mobile phones though. Key factors affecting the adoption of fingerprint sensors are whether its ecosystem will take shape and whether it will become a common feature on mobile phones. This report summarizes how capacitive fingerprint sensors have evolved, and examines how the industry's supply chain collaborates.

Table of Contents

1. Development of Fingerprint Sensors on Mobile Phones
1.1 Landscape of Mobile Phone Fingerprint Sensors Taking Shape
1.1.1 The Rise of Security Issues Surrounding PC-like Mobile Phones
1.1.2 Demand for Safe Online Transactions Increases as e-Commerce Booms
1.2 Capacitive as The Most Commonly Used Fingerprint Sensor Technology on Mobile Phones
1.3 Area Type Sensors Focus more on Intuitive UI; Swipe Type Sensors Have High Level of Design Flexibility
2. Capacitive Fingerprint Sensor Industry Structure and Development
2.1 US and Japanese Vendors Lead the Market Whilst Taiwanese Vendors Dedicated to Contract Manufacturing
2.2 Mergers and Acquisitions Intensify Industry Concentration
2.2.1 Apple's Acquisition of AuthenTec to Cause Wave
2.3 Touch Controller IC Designers to Seek Opportunities in the Fingerprint Sensor Industry
MIC Perspectives
Appendix
Glossary of Terms
List of Companies
List of Tables
Comparison of Fingerprint Sensor Smartphones Launched by Branded Vendors
Comparison of Area Type and Swipe Type Sensors
List of Figures
Fingerprint Sensor Technology and Category Types
Operation Flow of Fingerprint Identification System
Capacitive Fingerprint Industry Landscape and Key Players
Capacitive Fingerprint Patent Filing Years and Patent Numbers
Top 20 Capacitive Fingerprint ID Patent Holders by Region
Mergers and Acquisitions in the Capacitive Fingerprint Sensor Industry
Apple's Acquisition of AuthenTec and AuthenTec's Acquisitions in the Past
Major Suppliers of Mobile Phone Fingerprint ID Sensors, Patent Filing Year, and Patent-holding Numbers

Companies Mentioned:

Activcard Ireland
ALPS Electric
Altrua
Amkor
Apple
ARM
ASE Group
Atmel
AuthenTec
ChipMOS
CrucialTec
DDS
Dell
Egis Tec
Elan Microelectronics
FIDO
FocalTech
FPC
Fujitsu
Google
Himax
Hitachi
HTC
Huawei
IDEX
IMD
Infineon
JCB
Lenovo
Lightuning
MasterCard
Melfas
Microchip
Microsoft
NEC
Nok Nok Labs
NTT DOCOMO
Panasonic
PayPal
Philips
PicoField
SafeNet
Samsung
SecuGen
Seiko Epson
Shine Chief
Signetics
SMIC
Sony
STMicroelectronics
Suprema
Symwave
Synaptics
ThaiLin
TSMC
UMC
Upek
Validity
Veridicom
VIS
WLCSP
Xintec
ZTE