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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 12:40PM IST (7:10AM GMT)
 
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AuthenTec Launches Breakthrough Fingerprint Sensor for Low Cost Access Control Markets
New FingerLoc AFS8500 Silicon Sensor Establishes Low Pricing and Elevated Performance Standards
 
Fla., Melbourne, United States

AuthenTec, the leader in advanced biometric semiconductor technology, announced Tuesday the availability of its new FingerLoc(TM) AFS8500 fingerprint sensor designed to enable integration into a whole new range of low-cost security applications.

The AFS8500 with its low cost and high level of integration is optimized for use in time & attendance, access-control, commercial and residential building security. Its small size, low power and durability, make the AFS8500 ideal for use in end-user applications such as door locks, POS terminals, ATM's and time card systems.

"OEM's in the consumer access control markets now have the option of integrating a sophisticated fingerprint device at a very low price point," said Jeff Lee, Director of Product Marketing. "The size and technical sophistication of the FingerLoc AFS8500 enable us to offer a biometric security solution that can work for everyone, everywhere, under the most demanding conditions."

Unlike any other sensor in its segment, the FingerLoc AFS8500 features a small form factor (14mm X 14mm X 1.4 mm), a low price point of $23.00 for 10 KU quantities, full industrial temperature range (-20 C to +85 C) and full +/-15KV (IEC61000-4-2 Level 4) ESD immunity. With high-speed serial and 8-bit parallel interfaces, the AFS8500 is the product of choice for easy integration. Additionally, all of AuthenTec's sensors have an ultra-hard impervious silicon nitride coating that delivers more than one million touches without degradation.

The AFS8500 is based on AuthenTec's subsurface imaging TruePrint(TM) technology, which allows for fingerprints to be read below the surface of the skin, thereby eliminating any acquisition or
recognition failures relating to contamination such as dirt, grime, dry skin or excessive moisture - issues that are problematic with surface imaging fingerprint sensors.

Production samples of the AFS8500 are available now and production quantities will be available in late June, 2002. AuthenTec also provides a complete range of evaluation kits and reference designs to help integrate its TruePrint technology into customer designs.

ABOUT AUTHENTEC

AuthenTec is a leading semiconductor company providing advanced biometric fingerprint sensors to the PC, wireless, PDA, access control and automotive markets. AuthenTec's FingerLoc and EntrePad product families utilize the Company's patented TruePrint(TM) technology, the first technology capable of imaging everyone under virtually any condition. TruePrint images below the surface layer of the skin to the live layer where the true print resides, thereby eliminating surface-level contamination issues. AuthenTec's products are the choice of leading industry hardware and software providers, ensuring compatibility across multiple platforms and applications. Based in Melbourne, Florida, AuthenTec has assembled a global network of partners, solution providers and customers including Texas Instruments, IBM, Delphi Automotive, Acer, Synaptics, Asus, Harris Corporation and SCM Microsystems. For more information, visit: http://www.authentec.com or call (321) 308-1300.

EntrePad, TruePrint, and FingerLoc are trademarks of AuthenTec, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks referenced herein are properties of their respective owners.

 
 
 
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