Fingerprint Sensing Unlocks Biometrics Market

Biometric technology covers finger, hand, face, eye, voice and even vein scans, which can be used across a variety of security applications such as industrial, homeland/security, consumer, and healthcare. However, consumer electronics, particularly smartphones, is driving biometrics development with fingerprint sensing leading the way, according to Yole Développement (Yole).  The consumer market for biometrics is…

Synaptics Samples Touchscreen Controllers for Value-Priced Devices

San Jose, Calif. — Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA), the leading developer of human interface solutions, today announced two new ClearPad® touchscreen controller solutions to address the high volume, value-priced and mid-tier smartphone and tablet markets. Synaptics’ feature-rich solutions include the ClearPad S3603 touch controller which targets the smartphone market, and the ClearPad S7611 controller developed for tablets…

Do OLEDs Have a Future in Solid State Lighting?

Organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology holds a lot of promise for mobile devices which are only going to proliferate in both the business and consumer markets. OLED, which is used for displays, uses very little power, can be applied to flexible substrates such as plastic, doesn’t wash out in bright sunlight and needs no…

Smartphones Spur Sensor Hub Growth

The market for sensor hubs – dedicated processing elements used for low-power sensor processing tasks – is forecast to surpass 1.0 billion units in 2015, rising to nearly 2.0 billion in 2018, driven by the smartphone market, reported IHS Inc. The “booming” market is being spurred by “always-on” sensor processing and battery limitations, according to…

Emerging Markets Fuel Smartphone Demand

There is good news for electronics components suppliers in the mobile device sector. Smartphone manufacturers saw healthy demand in the third quarter (Q3) of 2015, which is expected to continue into the fourth quarter. Demand for affordable smartphones in emerging markets fueled worldwide sales of smartphones in Q3 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. Global sales of smartphones…

Toshiba Unveils SOI Process for RF Switches

Toshiba Corporation’s (TOKYO:6502) Semiconductor & Storage Products Company today announced the development of “TaRF8”, a next generation TarfSOI™ (Toshiba advanced RF SOI) process optimized for radio-frequency (RF) switch applications that achieves the lowest-class[1] of insertion loss[2] in the industry. Sample shipments of SP12T[3] RF switch ICs for smartphones fabricated with the new process will start in January 2016.…

High Resolution Displays Boost Driver IC Revenue

Santa Clara, Calif. – The driver IC market is forecast to reach $6.8 billion in 2017, primarily driven by demand for higher resolution displays in smartphones and other applications, according to IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS). These include smartphones with full high-definition (FHD) and 4K-resolution displays. There are a couple of market dynamics occurring in the driver…