South Korean semi-conductor firm MagnaChip has been chosen by Taiwan's Elan Microelectronics for a fingerprint sensor Integrated Circuit-based smartcard.The smartcard will be manufactured utilising MagnaChip's 0.35 micron Mixed Signal Thick IMD manufacturing process technology.The companies said the requirement for more precise, efficient and low-power ICs has increased dramatically, coinciding with the rise in importance of biometrics technology for a range of applications. The statement noted that MagnaChip was selected as ELAN's foundry partner primarily because of the company's recognised specialised foundry capability, proven and reliable manufacturing processes with robust analog performance.MagnaChip's current technologies for fingerprint sensor ICs include 0.35 micron, 0.18 micron 1.8V/3.3V and single 3.3V Mixed Signal technology processes, and its manufacturing processes are well-suited for applications in fast-growing markets that require fingerprint identification, such as in the payment, medical, transportation and automobile industries.”We hope that the collaboration between MagnaChip and ELAN will continue to produce innovative and high quality products for our customers,” said I. H. Yeh, ELAN's Chief Executive Officer. “ELAN sees its continued strategic partnership with MagnaChip as a long-term benefit to ELAN and MagnaChip.”