A new report from System Plus Consulting breaks down the supply chain, cost, and price considerations of the Fujitsu Arrows NX F-04G.
When it launched last summer, the Arrows NX F-04G became the first smartphone in the world to feature integrated iris scanning functionality. The biometric technology, developed by Delta ID, enabled users to unlock the device simply by looking at it, and helped to lead growth consultancy Frost & Sullivan to conclude that “the integration of iris capture into smartphones can create far-reaching ripples in the biometric space.” The technology evidently proved popular, if the launch of a sequel device (the Arrows NX F-02H) that autumn is any indication.
Now, System Plus Consulting offers a detailed analysis of the technology. Its iris recognition system uses and infrared camera module and an infrared LED, and SPC concludes that it’s “a cost effective solution due to the reuse of standard CIS and LED components.” The LED measures 810nm, and was custom-designed for the device by OSRAM; meanwhile, the infrared module, made by Sunny, features “a state-of-the-art CMOS image sensor”.
It’s advanced technology, but it’s also likely to become increasingly popular as smartphone makers move beyond the single modality, fingerprint sensor approach that is now so commonplace in the smartphone market.
March 4, 2016 – by Alex Perala