NEXT Biometrics increases production capacity to 1.8m fingerprint sensors per month
NEXT Biometrics Group has increased its production capacity to 1.8 million fingerprint area sensors per month, according to a Reuters news brief.
The company said it has completed an acceptance test of a custom built, high capacity coating machine.
These significant improvements will enable NEXT Biometrics to increase its next coating capacity from 100,000 sensors to 1.8 million per month, and reduce the coating cost from more than $1 to less than 10 cents.
Coating quality and system throughput has been qualified, and the machine is now operational and due to be shipped in December to its sensor manufacture partner, INNOLUX, integrated in its facilities in January, and ready for mass production in February.
In a separate announcement, NEXT Biometrics said it has received an initial purchase order for 50,000 area sensors from the Chinese market to be delivered in 2014.
Though NEXT Biometrics did not disclose the name of the company, it did describe the company has a “leading solutions provider within Chinese banking and corporate markets has after a long period of testing and system level product development now chosen to move forward with the NEXT technology.
“We are very happy to secure this partner,” said NEXT Biometrics CEO Tore Etholm-Idsøe. “Their strongholds within banking and major corporate market segments in China represent a significant opportunity for NEXT. The fact that NEXT sensors are significantly lower cost than any other credible sized sensors represents major opportunities for market expansions.”