News Archive 2017

21.06.2017

NEXT operational with world´s first volume production line for flexible sensors.

NEXT has achieved its communicated goal of being able to mass produce production ready volumes of flexible fingerprint sensors. The production line is operational and the production partner, Innolux in Taiwan, has produced the first volumes. This is in line with the previously communicated target of reaching this milestone within end of H1-2017.

NEXT and Innolux have worked extensively through 2016 and 2017 to achieve this target. The tools funded by NEXT for the production process have been successfully installed and operate according to specifications.  Innolux has qualified the materials and NEXT is collaborating with customers on smart card projects.

At a presentation for shareholders at Innolux, Taiwan, Executive Vice President and head of technology development center, Mr Chin-Lung Ting today stated that thermal sensing technology from NEXT is now successfully applied on flexible panel with satisfactory quality.  Innolux was impressed by the active thermal fingerprint sensing technology of NEXT Biometrics with its large screen area, high accuracy and compatibility with both hard glass and flexible panel. It is the best solution to the information security concern of the smart card market.

Mr. Ting further indicated that G3.5 fab at Jhunan will be extended for the mass production of flexible panels. NEXT’s flexible panels will become the cash cow of Innolux, said Mr. Ting. Innolux and NEXT Biometrics co-invest in technology and capacity development to enhance the penetration of fingerprint sensor to creditcard, electronic payment, mobile phone, and notebook computer to safeguard the global information security.

NEXT CEO Ritu Favre comments:
“We are not aware of any other fingerprint supplier able to mass produce flexible sensors. This is not a trivial achievement. We have converted a truly innovative idea from the protoype level to the volume mass production level, and this in a field where others have yet to succeed. The smart card market represent endless opportunities and with a mass production line in place, we look forward to extend our discussions and negotiations with potential clients”.

 

ABOUT NEXT Biometrics:
Enabled by its patented NEXT Active Thermal principle, NEXT Biometrics   (www.nextbiometrics.com) offers high quality area fingerprint sensors at a fraction of the prices of  comparable competitors. A wide range of product formats, including smartcards, notebooks, time & attendance, usb-sensors, smartcard readers, secure tokens and access control systems and many more are targeted.

NEXT BIOMETRICS GROUP ASA is a publicly listed company headquartered in Oslo, Norway and with sales, support and development subsidiaries in Seattle, Silicon Valley,  Taipei, Prague and Shanghai.

Media and Investor contacts for NEXT Biometrics:  
Ritu Favre (CEO), Ritu.Favre@nextbiometrics.com
Knut Stålen (CFO),  Knut.Stalen@nextbiometrics.com