Following Samsung Galaxy Note 7's launch, demand set to surge for iris scanner chips

Following Samsung Galaxy Note 7's launch, demand set to surge for iris scanner chips
The successful launch of a smartphone that offers new features and/or technologies to consumers is not just a major achievement for the company that releases it, but also for the companies that manufactured that piece of technology.

Also, whenever the competition embraces these new technologies they become widely popular among customers. Iris scanners are not something new for the mobile industry, but companies like Samsung and Microsoft, as well as others, have been decisive in making the technology so popular these days.

With the 2016 release of Samsung and Fujitsu's flagship smartphones featuring iris scanners, the integration of biometric sensors into mobile phone has become a trend.

Well, it appears that this hasn't gone unnoticed by other smartphone manufacturers, which are now planning to add iris scanners and face recognition chips into many of their products. Many Chinese manufacturing companies have expanded their businesses after eyeing the potential of the biometric sensor industry.

For example, Pixart Imaging, a Chinese company specialized in related solutions, has already submitted apps for iris recognition and eye tracking control technology patents in the United States, a source that wishes to remain unnamed claims. Moreover, the said company is rumored to launch a new set of related solutions in 2017.

The surge for iris scanner and face-recognition chips is likely to encourage even more Chinese- and Taiwan-based companies to "relocate" their businesses into this new field. It remains to be seen how many will have the required expertise to provide this type of products to Samsung, Apple and other major handset manufacturers known to have high standards.

source: Digitimes



1. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

I still think the fingerprint based biometric is the most practical thing in day to day... though I welcome the new iris tech.. also I wonder what health implications are there for the IR on eyes...

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Infrared Light and Eye Safety The IrDA spec says that the range of IrDA devices has been limited to 1m for reasons of eye safety. Another plausible assumption is that power consumption and IR pollution/crosstalk were reasons for this limitation. In principle there could be danger for the eye, because infrared light is not registered by the eye, and thus the pupil won't close in order to protect the retina from bright IR light sources. This is the same situation as with UV light, which will cause snow blindness eventually, but in contrast to UV light, IR light contains much less harmful energy due to its longer wavelength. The only legal restrictions and medical advices we were able to find on the web were concerned with infrared emissions of heat lamps or in the welding process and IEC 825-1 (CENELEC EN60825-1). This suggests that IR light as emitted by IrDA devices will be harmless, since even the peak power emitted by strong IR LEDs (ca. 300mW) is several orders of magnitude below the power emitted by medical IR heat lamps (up to 500W). For these, however, you are supposed to wear protective goggles, so maybe if you are looking straight into 1.000 infrared LEDs flashing at once, you should do so, too. The effect of infrared light is mostly heat, though, and not an alteration or destruction of the biological cell structure, such as caused by UV light. Though in the specs for the HP OmniBook 800 Hewlett-Packard recommends not to look directly into the IR LED. As stated above, this discussion is only based on guesswork and common sense assumptions about the data found in IR LED and heat lamp specs. If anybody with a better medical knowledge can comment on this, please do so! This PDF could also be a good read if you can understand the lingo -

2. beni.chalton

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

Samsung has introduced seven best mobile note that the date of the introduction of competing technologies, Samsung three years, myrcene

3. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I really hope that this won't be a new trend. I really don't like the idea of an IR beam into a fully opened iris (at night). Even Samsung warned that you shouldn't put it too close to your eyes for safety reasons...

5. iushnt

Posts: 3141; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

But r u sure it is harmful?

4. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

While I love the Note7 so far, the Iris scanner implementation is DUMB. I thought it would be great for instances when I have gloves on or wet hands.. but in order to even activate the scan, you have to swipe the screen. How dumb is that? I enabled fingerprint and Iris scan.. and after about 30 minutes of owning the Note7, I disabled the iris scan. Good idea, but bad execution. The fingerprint scanner is great though!

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If the lens is dirty it won't work...SHOCKER. You know that si funny because if your glasses are dirty or contacts are dirty, they don't work as well... SHOCKER! Such a revelation by you. If a sensor is covered in dirt, it won't work. If you cover your camera len in debris, that means you wont be able to take a good picture. Right? The implementation is fine. You just trying to fine a way to criticize it. No tech is impervious to extreme conditions. If your fingers are greasy or dirty, the fingerprint reader won't work. Right? if you keep your phone clean, the sensor wont even be dirty. he phone wasn't designed to work in mud and grime.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Isn't there an option in the security settings to go directly to unlock screen when you wake the device? I've seen that multiple times on Samsung devices...

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I love this feature, using it for secure folder and a couple other things.

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Please, do you see any option in the Lockscreen settings to go directly to the unlock pad when the phone is woken up?

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