NEXT Biometrics mass ships new fingerprint sensors for notebooks

NEXT Biometrics has begun mass production shipments of its NB-2034-S2 sensor module, designed for the notebook, tablet and access control markets.

The module is the first in a series of the company’s high performance, cost-efficient fingerprint modules based on NEXT’s second generation ASIC, the NB-A520.

The NB-2034-S2 module is based on a single semiconductor controller, the NB-A520 ASIC, which includes an integrated microcontroller that provides greater flexibility in product design and a reduction in system cost.

The number of external components on the module is reduced by 67 percent, which enables use of a more cost-efficient flexible circuit board, easier mechanical integration, and a significant overall system cost cut.

“We are excited to begin shipments of our NB-2034-S2 to our first Tier 1 notebook customer,” NEXT Biometrics CEO Ritu Favre said. “This will impact our margins significantly from the first quarter of 2018. With this module, we are continuing to execute on our path to better performing, more integrated and cost-efficient products. These latest advances to our product line will contribute to pivot NEXT into a company with profitable revenue in all customer projects.”

NEXT Biometrics’ large area sensor module offers the highest levels of security and convenience, meeting the requirements of the commercial notebook space.

Equipped with a new fully bezel-less design, the sensor provides industrial designers with the flexibility of innovative designs.

The company said the module also delivers faster response times and has significantly lower power consumption compared to previous generations.

The scan current, standby current and finger detection currents have been optimized for a much more power efficient notebook solution.

Last week, NEXT Biometrics won the Frost & Sullivan 2017 European Enabling Technology Leadership Award for its achievements in fingerprint sensor technology.

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