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NEXT Biometrics unveils embedded fingerprint module


This week at Mobile World Congress, NEXT Biometrics unveiled the 1411-S, a new fingerprint area sensor embedded module designed for integration into a range of mass market applications, such as remote controls, tokens and door locks.

The 1411-S relies on the NEXT sensor chipset combined with a high performance security processor to provide a complete fingerprint solution that supports in-module fingerprint recognition (extraction and matching) as well as fingerprint template storage.

The module can be connected to the host system through an SPI interface using a flex cable. It also works with the patented NEXT Active Thermal principle, as well as remains tolerant against dirt, water and other environmental conditions.

“For the first time the market is offered a full size, high quality sensor solution combined with embedded processing, and all done at a low cost,” said Tore Etholm-Idsoe, CEO of NEXT Biometrics. “We expect the 1411-S to open a range of new volume markets for fingerprinting. Now, developers can integrate these secure and convenient modules with specifications strong enough to be used by close to 100% of a given user group.

“This is key in applications like a key fob, remote control or a token, where there is no pin-code or password offered as a backup. Just as important is the fact that we can offer all this at cost levels compatible with what these markets can sustain.”

The embedded module’s large active area allows stable imaging, intuitive user operation and is best suited for mass-market applications that require security and convenience.

The combined benefits of a large area and low cost ensures that fingerprinting capabilities can be integrated into several new applications.

In December, NEXT Biometrics CEO Tore Etholm-Idsoe said the company aims to take a leading position in “non-smartphone markets,” which include smartcards and notebooks in 2016.

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