NEXT Biometrics is pushing hard on its flexible fingerprint sensor project, and has teamed up with a major TFT-LCD panel maker to get it to market. Taipei-based Innolux has agreed to jointly invest in building a mass production apparatus for the technology with NEXT.
The companies have already had a working relationship for many years, with Innolux currently producing NEXT’s rigid fingerprint sensors at facilities based in Taiwan. But this new venture could be a more ambitious undertaking, with NEXT aiming for a monthly output of two million sensors next year, and ten million in 2018.
In a statement announcing the partnership, NEXT Biometrics CEO Tore Etholm-Idsøe said that Innolux “will now invest money, time and knowledge along with NEXT Biometrics” in the project, noting that Innolux currently brings in about $10 billion in sales for its TFT-LCD display manufacturing.
The company’s push into flexible fingerprint sensors—a relatively novel technological area in the field of biometrics—was helped along a couple of months ago with an influx of capital from a private placement’s gross proceeds, and NEXT announced new sensor designs with flexible module applications at the end of May. Now, with Innolux’s help, NEXT should be able to make considerable progress in pioneering the technology as the overall fingerprint biometrics market continues to grow and evolve.
July 21, 2016 – by Alex Perala