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Breakthrough for In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Will Raise Penetration of Fingerprint Recognition in Smartphone Market to 60% in 2018, Says TrendForce


Consumer Electronics / Display / Semiconductors / Telecommunications

Fingerprint sensors will still be the first choice for most Andriod phones in 2018, since other biometric authentication methods available for Andriod phone makers cannot completely replace fingerprint identification yet, says TrendForce Meanwhile, in-display fingerprint sensors are expected to make breakthrough this year, and vendors like Samsung, LG, OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi, Huawei are likely to embed this technology, bringing the global fingerprint sensor penetration rate in smartphones to 60% Apple acquired Authentic in 2013 and have embedded fingerprint scanning in iPhones and iPads since then In the past years, Android camp has also adopted fingerprint scanning to unlock phone and make mobile payment However, as full-screen becomes the trend and Apple replaces Touch ID with Face ID in 2017, Android camp has to adjust their strategies, says TrendForce The mainstream fingerprint recognition solutions are based on capacitive sensing technology On other hand, designs of smartphone displays are shifting towards higher screen-to-body ratio and full frontal screen Phone makers recognize that there is insufficient space for the front side of the smartphone for a standard capacitive fingerprint sensor, and thus put their focus of development on in-display fingerprint sensor in recent years At the end of 2016, Synaptics released UnderGlass, an optical solution of fingerprint sensing, which overcomes the limitation that capacitive solutions cannot sense through the glass panel of phones Recently, Synaptics also released new in-display fingerprint sensing solutions for AMOLED panels After more than a year of development, Synaptics’ optical solutions of in-display fingerprint sensing have chance to enter mass production due to the increasing yield rate of Synaptics and other related companies Capacitive fingerprint sensing chips and TDDI chips used to be the key product lines of Synaptics from 2016 to 2017 But as the competition becomes intense, Synaptics has started to actively develop in-display fingerprint sensing technology Its competitor Goodix, for instance, has recently sent sample products to major mobile phone vendors for testing; Qualcomm has cooperated with Vivo in developing ultrasonic fingerprint sensing in 2017; FPC, the Swedish biometric authentication solutions provider, also released its ultrasonic fingerprint sensing technology at the end of 2017 The active engagements of these companies indicate that in-display fingerprint sensing will bring about a new trend for smart phones In addition to Korean brands Samsung and LGE which make AMOLED panels by their own, Chinese smartphone brands such as OPPO, Vivo, Meizu, Gionee, Xiaomi and Huawei will also have chance to embed in-display fingerprint sensor for AMOLED panel in their new models to release in 2018 However, Samsung still dominates global production capacity of AMOLED panels, which will limit the scale of Android camp’s adoption of in-display fingerprint sensing in their flagship models As the result, a large number of middle and low end smartphones will continues to use traditional capacitive fingerprint sensing that has costs less TrendForce estimates that global smartphone shipments for this year will total around 153 billion units, in which the penetration rate of fingerprint recognition technologies will reach 60%, an increase of five percentage points up from 55% of 2017

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TrendForce Reports Top 10 Ranking of Global Semiconductor Foundries of 2017, TSMC Ranks First with Market Share of 55.9%



According to TrendForce’s latest report, the global revenue for semiconductor foundry is expected to reach $573 billion in 2017, an increase of 71% compared with 2016, marking the fifth consecutive year with a growth rate over 5% The semiconductor industry sees increasing needs for high performance and efficiency from computing and mobile devices, which drive the development of advanced process technology 10 nm nodes began the mass production in 2017, with the revenue expected to reach about $372 billion, accounting for more than 95% of the yearly foundry revenue growth The 2017 top ten ranking of foundries remains the same as last year, with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) ranking the first, second, and third respectively Particularly, TSMC has a dominant market share of 559% due to its high production capacity and a fast yearly growth above the average level worldwide GLOBALFOUNDRIES records a relatively high revenue growth of 82% as a result of higher total production capacity and higher utility rate of it UMC has begun mass production of 14 nm nodes this year, but the revenue of it only accounts for 1% of the entire annual revenue However, driven by increased total production capacity and re-arrangement of product portfolio, the revenue growth turns out to be 68% In comparison, Samsung, a leading company in 10nm process technology as TSMC, has a limited growth due to only Qualcomm is its major 10nm client Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) has constantly expanded its capital expense, but the growth rate is lower than the average because the actual added production capacity is limited in 2017 and the bottleneck of 28nm yield rate has not be overcome yet Tower Semiconductor Ltd (TowerJazz) and Hua Hong Semiconductor Limited have raised their production capacity to gain more than 10% growth while the market shows constant demand for 200mm wafer Powerchip has a high growth rate as it has increased the proportion of foundry services in its entire business As for next year, the advancement of process technology will still be a focus of industry, and 7nm nodes are expected to drive the revenue On the other hand, driven by demand for electric vehicles and 5G, foundries are taking active part in development of the 3rd-generation semiconductor materials such as SiC and GaN, which will bring more changes in industry chain For example, TSMC provides GaN foundry services and X-Fab announces that SiC foundry services will contribute to revenue in Q4 of 2017 

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