Fingerprint Cards receives initial mass production order from CrucialTec

Fingerprint Cards AB has received an order for 100,000 units of its swipe sensor technology from mobile track pad manufacturer CrucialTec, for delivery this month.

This initial volume covers the pilot run for a line of mobile phones in Japan, scheduled for launch in the second quarter of 2013. The company anticipates larger orders from April onwards.

“The timing of this initial mass production order is earlier than we had expected in our most optimistic forecast and confirms that the launch of our technology in Japanese mobile phones is progressing according to plan” Johan Carlström, President and CEO of Fingerprint Cards AB said.

In 2012, the Sweden-based company won significant contracts and design wins for both its swipe sensor technology as well as its area sensor. As reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, Fingerprint Cards received its third design win for its swipe sensor technology from an unnamed Japanese mobile phone manufacturer.

CrucialTec manufactures the Optical Track Pad, which is a very small optic based navigation module for small handheld devices, most notably, mobile phones. It introduces pointers and cursors into the mobile platform user environment, allowing users to navigate menus and applications on their phones as they would with a mouse.

In November 2012, the two companies signed a three-year supply agreement and amendment to their existing Joint Development & Production Agreement for the production of the “Biometric Track Pad.”

According to the company, this device combines the Fingerprint Cards swipe sensor silicon into the CrucialTec track pad and also leverages Fingerprint Cards navigation capabilities and attractive Android applications for security, payment as well as identification of which finger has been swiped by the user.

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