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AGC Asahi Glass's New Smartphone Cover Glass Enables Fingerprint Scans

AGC Asahi Glass , a world-leading manufacturer of glass, chemicals and high-tech materials, announced today that it has launched a multi-thickness smartphone cover glass with a recession on its underside to accommodate a fingerprint sensor, eliminating the need to mount a separate button for fingerprint recognition.

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The new cover glass ensures resistance to water and dust, unlike sapphire-crystal buttons that can compromise design and/or waterproofing. The recessed portion is surrounded by conventional cover glass, which is too thick for sensors to detect fingerprints.

“AGC’s one century of expertise in manufacturing advanced glass products has led to this innovative cover glass, which enables both diverse designing and robust ID authentication to help meet the increasing need for mobile security,” said Tadashi Murano, AGC’s General Manager of Applied Glass Materials General Division. “We expect our new glass to do away with sapphire-crystal power buttons without compromising the proven reliability of a one-piece cover glass.”

Commercial applications are already being explored by manufacturers of smartphones, IC chips and other telecommunications equipment. CrucialTec , a Korea-based mobile input solutions provider, has combined AGC’s multi-thickness glass with a fingerprint sensor, called Under Glass Biometric Track Pad (BTP), for mass production. A prototype of the device will be exhibited at the booth of CrucialTec during GSMA Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain starting February 22.

“AGC’s cover glass is perfectly suited to our sophisticated Under Glass BTP, enabling unmatched performance compared to other fingerprint sensor modules,” said Jong-Bin Kim, CrucialTec's CEO and Representative Director. “Going forward, we expect continued technical collaboration between our companies to lead to further synergy in developing high-quality solutions for fingerprint recognition.”

AGC continues to expand its diverse lineup of glass products to support the development of increasingly diverse, secure and easy-to-use mobile devices.

About the AGC Group

The AGC Group, with Tokyo-based AGC Asahi Glass at its core, is a world-leading supplier of flat, automotive and display glass, chemicals and other high-tech materials and components. Under its AGC plus strategy, the group develops and sells high-value, high-function products for increased consumer convenience and greater global safety and security. Drawing on more than a century of technical innovation, the AGC Group has developed world-class expertise in fields including glass, chemistry and ceramics technologies. The group employs some 51,114 people worldwide and generates annual sales of 1,326.3 billion JPY (approximately 11 billion USD) through business in about 30 countries. For more information, please visit www.agc-group.com . 

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Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
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