MediaTek looking for low cost fingerprint sensors or modules to add to its APs

MediaTek looking for low cost fingerprint sensors or modules to add to its APs
A published report on Wednesday cites industry sources as saying that silicon slinger MediaTek is looking for a partner to sell it fingerprint sensors or modules. The report states that the low priced chip manufacturer is seeking a partner in Taiwan or China, who can price the sensor or modules under $10 USD per unit.

Even though other phones have had fingerprint sensors before the Apple iPhone 5s, it is the latter that has started up demand for this feature on new high end smartphones. Chinese manufacturers, many of whom use MediaTek chips for their handsets, are looking to add a fingerprint scanner on their upcoming high end models and would like MediaTek to include the necessary silicon integrated with its current line up of APs.

Sources say that MediaTek is talking with Taiwan based EgisTec, but there is no finalized agreement yet. The company is looking in Taiwan and China because manufacturers of fingerprint sensors like Apple owned AuthenTec, Validity Sensors, and FingerPrint Card are charging more than the $10 per unit, which is all that MediaTek will pay.

source: DigiTimes

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7 Comments

1. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Then it sucks big time like HTC maxx, fingerprint sensor is not a cheap features.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31675; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Touch ID = fingerprint sensor done right. Kudos apple, slap a 4.5-5 in. screen on the iPhone 6, and my mrs and I will be camping out again.

3. g2a5b0e unregistered

Yeah, but if it's less than 4.5", you're not buying it. Your words. I told you I won't let you forget.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31675; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Who cares dude, you not letting me forget doesn't matter to me...you're not part of my life. I didn't put a ring on your finger (don't forget that).

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

No need to get snippy, Dark. I just tend to be a man of my word. I apologize for trying to hold you to the same standard.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31675; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not getting snippy, just don't act as if you've never changed your mind dude.

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

That's like a week ago. Besides, what has really changed since then? It's not like we have any more concrete information now than we did then. Never mind. Don't even answer that. I don't really care.

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