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With second generation Iris recognition, Samsung Galaxy S8 is positioning its biometric solutions as high-tech security - System Plus Consulting

Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner

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EUR 6990
Mobile & Consumer
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Following Fujitsu’s lead, Samsung is adding its second-generation iris scanner to its smartphones, to increase the security of user data. Iris recognition is starting to spread in the smartphone market, even if it remains far behind fingerprints.

Users unlock the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone simply by looking at the screen. Iris authentication is a biometric system that uses the patterns in the iris of the human eye. This technology allows the screen to be unlocked very fast, and eliminates the need for finger use, entering passwords or patterns.

Samsung’s iris recognition system is composed of two elements: an infrared camera module and an infrared LED. Compared to fingerprint sensors, iris scanners are cost-effective solutions, due to the reuse of standard CMOS image sensor (CIS) and LED components. Furthermore, Samsung manufactures its own CIS.

The resolution of the Samsung camera module sensor is double the Fujitsu solution. This sensor is combined with the front camera module in one 11.2mm x 12.5mm package.

OSRAM manufactures the scanner’s infrared LED, as it does for the iris recognition system from Fujitsu. However, Samsung’s scanner uses the latest infrared LED from OSRAM, which has better specifications.

This report describes the supply chain of the full system including the IR camera module, CIS and infrared LED. It estimates the manufacturing cost and price for the infrared camera and the infrared LED. It also features a comparison with the Fujitsu iris scanner.

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Overview / Introduction

  • Executive Summary
  • Reverse Costing Methodology

Company Profiles

  • Samsung
  • Daeduck
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Teardown

Physical Analysis

  • Overview of the Physical Analysis
  • IR Camera Module
    • Package views and dimensions
    • Package opening
    • Package cross-Section
    • CMOS Image-Sensor (CIS)
    • CIS cross-Section
  • IR LED
    • Package views and dimensions
    • Package opening
    • Package cross-Section
    • IR LED die
    • IR LED die cross-section

Physical Comparison

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. Fujitsu Iris Scanner

Manufacturing Process Flow

  • IR Camera ModulE
    • Global overview
    • CIS process flow
    • CIS front-end process
    • CIS wafer fabrication unit
  • IR LED
    • Global overview
    • LED process flow
    • OSRAM LED fabrication unit
    • Packaging assembly unit

Cost Analysis

  • IR Camera Module
    • Summary of the cost analysis
    • Yields explanation and hypotheses
    • CMOS image sensor cost
    • IR camera module assembly cost
    • IR camera module cost
  • IR LED
    • Summary of the cost analysis
    • Yields explanation and hypotheses
    • IR LED cosT
    • IR LED assembly cost
  • Iris Authentication Solution cost
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