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Next-gen PC security receives Phoenix-Atmel favor

Posted: 06 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:security? biometric? authentication pre-boot?

Phoenix Technologies Ltd and Atmel Corp. have blended Atmel's FingerChip biometric security solutions in Phoenix FailSafe and SecureCore Pre-boot Authentication (PBA) products.

This first cooperative design effort between the two companies provides for significantly stronger multifactor authentication and enhanced security and is designed to bring superior security solutions, including theft-deterrence and tracking for mobile PCs. Phoenix FailSafe, a built-in theft-deterrence platform for next-generation laptops, will enable secure, remote tracking of fingerprint sensor data in the event of laptop theft/loss. Phoenix SecureCore PBA integrated with Atmel's FingerChip biometric solutions provides authentication at the pre-boot level.

"Combining FingerChip solutions with the Phoenix products provides an added layer of security, which is vital for many enterprise and consumer markets demanding increased security and privacy for stored data and logical access," said Bruno Charrat, director for Atmel Biometrics Business Unit. "Our collaboration with Phoenix Technologies ensures the highest level of secure authenticationan increasingly important factor for any PC user. Moving forward, we expect to see other collaborative initiatives by Atmel and Phoenix, dedicated to bringing the best-in-class security solutions to the PC market."

"Our work with Atmel to integrate their fingerprint sensors in our FailSafe theft-deterrence platform enables an additional layer of tracking methodology for mobile PCs. We not only want to provide critical next-generation functionality to our PC OEM customers but also embed certain features that will deter laptop theft," said Surendra Arora, VP of Business Development at Phoenix Technologies. "Additionally, our PBA collaboration with Atmel will ensure that our EFI and UEFI-based SecureCore BIOS continue its feature-set dominance in the industry."

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