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GIS, Egis ramping up fingerprint sensor shipments to Samsung
Siu Han, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES

Taiwan-based General Interface Solution (GIS) and Egis Technology are set to maintain strong sales momentum in the first half of 2019 for ramping up their respective fingerprint sensors to Samsung Electronics, according to industry sources.

GIS has been shipping its ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor modules for Samsung's Galaxy S10 and S10+ since February, and the monthly shipments are likely to reach 1.5-2 million units in March, said the sources, adding that the shipment momentum will continue into the second quarter.

Additionally, GIS is likely to continue to be the primary supplier of similar in-display fingerprint sensing modules for Samsung's next-generation Note-series smartphones to be launched in the second half of 2019, added the sources.

In addition to GIS, Egis has also entered Samsung's supply chain by shipping its optical fingerprint sensors for the production of Galaxy S10e, the sources indicated.

Furthermore, Samsung reportedly will also use optical fingerprint sensors from Egis for four of the six mid-tier Galaxy A-series models unveiled at MWC 2019, the sources added.

With its optical fingerprint sensors also finding their way into some of the first-tier handset makers in China, Egis is bracing for robust sales growth in the first half of 2019, commented the sources.

Meanwhile, Egis plans to hand out cash dividends of NT$8.10 for 2018, in which it snapped up net profits of NT$670 million (US$21.7 million) or NT$9.62 per share.

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