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Panel maker BOE teams with Qualcomm despite US-China rivalry

Tie-up to start with OLED panels with ultrasonic fingerprint sensors

A foldable OLED panel developed by BOE Technology Group. (Photo from BOE website)

BEIJING -- Chinese display manufacturer BOE Technology Group and U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm announced a partnership Wednesday to develop panels with an advanced fingerprint recognition technology, even as tensions between Washington and Beijing make such arrangements difficult.

As a first step, BOE plans to mass-produce organic light-emitting diode displays that incorporate Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint sensors. This will allow smartphone makers to create products with super-thin and highly secure fingerprint readers, as well as streamline supply chains, the announcement said. Panels with the integrated sensors are expected to begin shipping late this year.

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