IDEX drives security and convenience for biometric cards with new large area sensor

Oslo, Norway, 11 December 2017 – IDEX, a leading developer of advanced fingerprint solutions for mass markets, today announced a new large area sensor for biometric cards. Based on IDEX’s unique off-chip technology, the bendable sensor leverages the company’s advanced ASIC to deliver unparalleled biometric performance and optimal usability in biometric card applications. IDEX expects to begin sampling its large area sensor to customers in the first half of 2018.

“Unlike smartphones, sensor solutions for biometric card applications must work within very tight power, processing and memory constraints and also do not have a screen to give simple user feedback during the enrolment process. These unique challenges for cards mean there is a real need  for larger sensors to get enrolment to be really fast and accurate,” said Stan Swearingen, CPO of IDEX.

“We are very excited about this new large area sensor which we have designed for both contact and contactless biometric card applications because we are seeing very strong market demand for the design from payment, ID and access control customers. This new sensor expands IDEX’s product offering significantly, and delivers a more secure and user-friendly biometric card that reduces the time for customers to enrol,” said Hemant Mardia, CEO of IDEX.

This new IDEX large area sensor has an active area of 13x13mm, which complies with the current ISO requirements for the physical characteristics of a biometric system-on-card. The sensor uses IDEX’s advanced ASIC, which enables a unique combination of enhanced processing performance and exceptional power efficiency, making it a very effective solution for both contact-based and dual-interface biometric cards. The sensor can be produced using an existing high-volume supply chain and standard card manufacturing processes, making it very cost competitive.


Henrik Knudtzon, CFO, +47 9302 2827,


About IDEX
IDEX is a leading developer of advanced off-chip fingerprint sensors and complete system solutions to a range of biometrically-enabled applications, including smart cards, Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile. The company’s technology is based on a fundamentally unique architecture that delivers form factor flexibility and superior cost-performance characteristics. IDEX’s total addressable market represents a fast-growing multi-billion unit opportunity.

IDEX ASA is traded on the Oslo stock exchange under the ticker IDEX.

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