Himax Technologies (HIMX), a fabless IC firm, has begun shipments of chips based on wafer-level optics (WLO) technology to Apple (AAPL), Digitimes reported on Thursday, citing industry sources. The report said the solution is reportedly a key component of the iPhone X’s face ID sensor.
ChipMOS Technologies (IMOS) will also see revenues generated from orders for WLO chips increase substantially later in 2017 as the backend house has cut into the supply chain for the iPhone X by partnering with Himax, the sources were quoted as saying, adding that revenues from orders for WLO chips are expected to reach between NT$50 million (US$1.7 million) and NT$60 million, up from the current NT$20-30 million.
Himax and ChipMOS are also expected to benefit from facial recognition trend as non-Apple vendors follow the move, the report said.
Himax’s ADS were up 0.5% in late trade, while ChipMOS was 0.7% lower and Apple was flat.