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STMicro equips MPC notebooks with fingerprint protection

Posted: 15 May 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Stmicroelectronics? touchchip fingerprint bios? data security function? transport t2100? transport t2000?

STMicroelectronics has announced that its is equipping MPC Computers' (MPC) TransPort T2100 and T200 notebook PCs with their TouchChip fingerprint BIOS and Data Security protection features.

The BIOS Security is controlled by the user's fingerprint and allows the notebook to boot only after the user's fingerprint has been verified. The Data Security allows the contents of the HDD to be encrypted and grants access to the data with one-touch fingerprint verification.

The TouchChip Protector Suite software offers several security and convenience features beyond the ability to protect data by fingerprint, including the ability to replace any Windows-based or Internet password with the touch of a finger. In addition, the software, which operates on standalone notebook computers or workstations, can be upgraded to support central administration for deployment of biometric security solutions at the enterprise level.

"We understand how critical notebook data security is for our government and business customers," said Paul Petersen, MPC's vice president of product marketing and development. "With the TouchChip and Protector Suite woven tightly into the BIOS of these high-performance TransPort notebooks, we've built a virtually impenetrable fortress around their data."

MPC's TransPort notebooks use the TCS1CD TouchChip sensor, which is the largest fingerprint biometric sensor on the market. It features a large enough capture area to provide greater accuracy and fewer false negatives.

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