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Taiwan's 3-D sensing supplier to Apple vows to double capex

Win Semiconductors upbeat on facial recognition, not moving production to US

A woman tries the facial recognition system in the iPhone X at the Apple store in Tokyo. (Photo by Maho Obata)

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's Win Semiconductors, the sole manufacturer of laser components for the facial recognition system in the iPhone X, plans to increase its capital expenditure significantly in 2018 to address surging demand for 3-D sensing applications for smartphones and other electronic devices, according to the company's top executives.

The iPhone X's facial recognition technology, Face ID, acts as a security barrier, allowing users to unlock their phones and make payments, for example. 

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