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AuthenTec fingerprint sensor to secure cell phones

Posted: 21 May 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fingerprint handset security  sensor  touch control 

The Matrix M5 cell phone incorporates AuthenTec's ATW310 (formerly Atrua) fingerprint sensor that allows users to unlock the phone with the simple swipe of a finger as well as launch phone shortcuts with the unique characteristics of different fingers. AuthenTec has won its first cell phone design for the Africa and Middle East markets for the same.

The Matrix M5 is a low-cost, quad band, metallic 'candy bar' cell phone available in three different colours, black, coffee and sliver. The M5 offers security and convenience features through the use of the AuthenTec fingerprint sensor, which allows users with one swipe to unlock their phone, contact list and SMS messages as well as quick launch convenience features. Different enrolled fingers can launch up to five different shortcuts with a simple swipe of the fingerprint sensor.

"We are pleased that Matrix and their contract manufacturer Raydir have selected our fingerprint sensor for security and personalisation in their newest cell phone model targeting Africa and Middle East," said Lunji Qiu, vice president and general manager of AuthenTec China. "I have a history of working with Raydir in my previous position with Atrua as they have offered several fingerprint-enabled cell phone models that leveraged the features of the ATW310."

"The use of the AuthenTec technology has allowed us to differentiate this model in a crowded market. I am looking forward to developing future programs and phone models with AuthenTec technology," said Alex Zhao, general manager of Raydir Technology.

AuthenTec acquired certain assets of Atrua Technologies in July 2009, including its Fingerprint Touch Control and Micro Pressure Control products, as well as technologies and IP associated with the Atrua fingerprint sensor hardware and software. The acquired IP included more than 30 issued and pending U.S. patents, focused primarily on fingerprint sensor and intelligent touch controls for mobile devices.

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