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Smart sensor eases integration in notebook PCs

Posted: 12 Feb 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sensor? notebook PC? LED driver?

AuthenTec has unveiled its newest smart sensor specifically tailored for convenient security, personalization and touch-based functionality in today's PCs and peripherals. AuthenTec's new AES2660 192-pixel-wide sensor complements the AES1660, a 128-pixel wide smart sensor for the PC market introduced six months ago, giving PC OEMs the ability to choose the appropriate sensor for the particular requirements of each individual product.

The AES2660 offers the expanded functionality, biometric performance, low-power consumption, multiple packaging options and low BOM costs needed for easy integration into new consumer and enterprise notebook PCs, tablet PCs, and PC peripherals.

"One of the many advantages that AuthenTec brings to its PC customers is a broad product portfolio and significant investment in our product and packaging roadmaps," said AuthenTec VP of PC products Tom Aebli. "Today's PC market is characterized by a wide variety of netbook, notebook and tablet platforms with screen sizes from 10-inch up to 17-inch. The AES2660 is the next generation of our PC series of sensors, tens of millions of which have been shipped to the world's leading PC OEMs, and will give our customers the ability to choose the physical size that best fits their specific design requirements."

The AES2660 incorporates programmable LED drivers supporting 24bit resolution, or 16 million color options, offering PC manufacturers flexible lighted LED fading, blinking and color control options that enhance PC feature discovery and the PC user experience. AuthenTec will begin volume shipments of the AES2660 sensor this quarter.

The device includes menu navigation, multiple battery-friendly operating modes, internal current limiter, voltage regulator and clock generator. The AES2660 supports USB 2.0 full speed host and SPI flash memory interfaces. The sensor features 192-column X eight-row pixel sensing array providing 500 DPI image resolution. The device is housed in small BGA packaging with highly durable black coating with matching bezel.

The AES2660 sensor is based on AuthenTec's patented and unique TruePrint technology that reads below the surface of the skin to the live layer where a person's true fingerprint resides. This patented subsurface approach enables AuthenTec sensors to read virtually every fingerprint, every timea critical requirement in any fingerprint-enabled device. The sensor also includes AuthenTec's TrueNav menu navigation features, TrueFinger anti-spoofing security, and TrueMatch pattern matching to ensure the industry's highest level of security, usability and convenience.

Complementing AuthenTec's smart sensor offering for the PC market is the Company's TrueSuite client application software designed to make a fingerprint-enabled PC simpler and more secure, while increasing user convenience and personalization. TrueSuite is tailored for consumers who demand simplicity, improved usability, and one-touch access to their digital ID and social networks.

AuthenTec is an ISO9001-certified provider of fingerprint sensors and solutions with the broadest product and IP portfolio in the silicon fingerprint sensor industry. The company recently expanded its offering to include new smart sensor hardware, software and client applications for consumer PCs, netbooks and smart phones.

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