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Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner

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With second generation iris recognition, Samsung’s S8 is positioning its biometric solutions as high-tech security

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. Yole Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner Optical Module Opening SPC

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.

YoleSamsung Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner IR Camera Module Overview SPC

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.

Yole Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner IR LED Overview SPC 
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.



Table of contents

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


- 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 

> Manufacturing Process Flow
- IR Camera Module
- Global overview
- CIS process flow
- CIS front-end process
- CIS wafer fabrication unit


- 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

- Summary of the cost analysis
- Yields explanation and hypotheses
- IR LED cost
- IR LED assembly cost


>Iris Authentication Solution cost

About the authors


System Plus Consulting specializes in the cost analysis of electronics, from semiconductor devices to electronic systems.

Created more than 20 years ago, System Plus Consulting has developed a complete range of services, costing tools and reports to deliver in-depth production cost studies and estimate the objective selling price of a product.

System Plus Consulting engineers are experts in:

  • Integrated Circuits 
  • Power Devices & Modules 
  • MEMS & Sensors
  • Photonics 
  • LED 
  • Imaging 
  • Display 
  • Packaging 
  • Electronic Boards & Systems.

Through hundreds of analyses performed each year, System Plus Consulting offers deep added-value reports to help its customers understand their production processes and determine production costs. Based on System Plus Consulting’s results, manufacturers are able to compare their production costs to those of competitors.

System Plus Consulting is a sister company of Yole Développement.

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  • Detailed photos

  • Precise measurements

  • Material analysis
  • Manufacturing process flow

  • Supply chain evaluation

  • Manufacturing cost analysis

  • Comparison of Samsung's iris recognition solution versus Fujistsu’s