Peter Clarke, EETimes Europe
January 14, 2014
Foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) is preparing to make fingerprint sensors for a next-generation Apple iPhone, according to a Digitimes report that references unnamed industry sources.
The sensor will be made using 65nm manufacturing process technology at a 300mm wafer fab with production starting in 2Q14, the report said.
Touch ID was designed and release by Apple on the seventh generation of iPhone, the iPhone 5s. It is thought to be a capacitive touch sensor developed by AuthenTec Inc. (Melbourne, Florida), which was acquired by Apple in July 2012 for $356 million. AuthenTec worked with companies such as NXP Semiconductor prior to its acquisition by Apple.
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