Secure fingerprint sensing solution for mobiles

04 March 2015

Cypress and IDEX ASA introduced a fingerprint reader solution designed to bring reliable user authentication to mobile devices.

The TrueTouch Fingerprint Reader uses proprietary sensing circuitry and a unique touch sensor design to provide fingerprint image quality and pattern matching accuracy—improving security. The flexible solution enables designers to create custom home buttons with specialised shapes and sizes or to integrate the sensor into any mobile device’s industrial design or home button.

Consumers have increasingly embraced fingerprint readers as an alternative to keying in complex usernames, PINs and passwords. Mobile device OEMs and companies that sell via the Internet have gravitated toward the technology as the most secure way to validate a user’s identity. Demand for fingerprint readers in mobile devices is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 47% through 2019, reaching annual shipments of more than 700 million units.

The TrueTouch Fingerprint Reader leverages IP from Oslo, Norway-based IDEX ASA. Cypress announced a strategic partnership with IDEX last year, enabling it to add IDEX’s SmartFinger fingerprint sensing technology to its portfolio of capacitive touch-sensing solutions. IDEX IP, plus the ability to work with IDEX’s qualified sensor partners, will provide Cypress with immediate access to a broad range of global markets.

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