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Biometric security ref design targets external HDDs

Posted: 23 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cypress? UPEK? CY4661? biometric? security?

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and UPEK Inc. jointly introduced a biometric security reference design for fingerprint recognition technology to protect data on external HDDs. The reference design delivers security by authenticating fingerprint matches on-board the external HDD system instead of on the PC, ensuring no data is passed between the HDD and PC until a match has occurred. The CY4661 reference design uses UPEK's TouchStrip Fingerprint High Security authentication Solution along with Cypress's EZ-USB FX2LP USB controller to address the growing need for secure personal information and enterprise data on portable drives.

The reference design enables manufacturers of HDDs to add biometric security that only allows those with a registered fingerprint to access data on the drives. It features match-on-chip, hardware-based authentication for the strongest data and privacy protection available. All fingerprint matching functions (template extraction, storage and matching) are conducted in the secure UPEK fingerprint hardware-based architecture on the external drive, providing true portability and security from PC security risks. UPEK's hardware-based security architecture, capable of encrypting communications, can also enable future online authentication services. The CY4661 is bundled with UPEK's industry leading Protector Suite Token application software, which simplifies access to data, applications and websites. The software includes a password bank to securely register and access password-protected websites and applications. The end-to-end solution ensures plug-and-play ease of use and eliminates the need to download software on a host PC.

The UPEK/Cypress CY4661 biometric reference design enables fast time-to-market and reduced integration costs with its hardware and software solution for secure portable HDDs. The reference design includes a field-proven integrated UPEK enrolment tutorial that offers consumers an "easy to start" video training and practice session with performance feedback to ensure an excellent user experience. This results in a satisfying end user experience and greater security due to high-quality matches, leading to fewer support calls, product returns and improved customer satisfaction.

The new CY4661 reference design can be downloaded free of charge from the Reference Designs section of Cypress' website.

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