Validity Sensors, a US-based provider of fingerprint sensors, has raised $20m in its series E round from a consortium including chip company Qualcomm’s corporate venturing unit. The round takes Validity’s total since launch to about $100m. The E financing follows Validity’s push of its fingerprint sensor technologies into smartphones and tablets and the acquisition of an undisclosed competitor this month. Alongside Qualcomm Ventures in the E round, of which the first $10m has been called down, were venture capital firms TeleSoft Partners, which led the round, Crosslink Capital, Panorama Capital and Venture Tech Associates. In July 2010, Validity raised $12.6m in its series D round, which also included Qualcomm Ventures. Panorama Capital had led that D round, and was joined by TeleSoft Partners, Crosslink Capital and VentureTech Alliance. Validity had previously raised $65m, including a $10m series C round in March 2009.

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