According to industry sources cited by DigiTimes, fingerprint scanner prices have dropped 50% compared to early 2015. While, at the beginning of the year, a fingerprint scanner was priced at about $7-$8, now the same component has reached $5. Said sources also claim that the prices are likely to continue dropping next year, a trend which is mostly due to competition on the market, thanks to multiple manufacturers.
But the increase in suppliers is not the only reason for the price drop; the report claims that components made in China and Taiwan with high performance/cost ratio are massively contributing to the price drops. If, initially, fingerprint scanners manufactured in these regions were not competitive enough compared to international manufacturers’ offerings, now these Chinese and Taiwanese makers have not only improved their yield rates, but also the quality of the products themselves.
In conclusion, as a direct effect of the above, fingerprint scanner prices are expected to reach a low of $3 per unit in 2016, claim said sources, who also reveal that the manufacturing costs of a standard fingerprint scanner built using 8-inch, 0.18-micron process is less than $2.