"We are excited to launch this LSI, which is equipped with a fingerprint authentication accelerator based on technologies from Precise Biometrics AB, a top vendor of fingerprint authentication algorithm known for their strong track record in National ID cards, and from AuthenTec, Inc. (NASDAQ:AUTH), the top vendor of slide fingerprint sensors for PCs and cell phones," said Masahiko Morioka, President of Silicon Solutions Company at Oki Electric Industry. "We believe this chip will offer an excellent solution to customers who are looking for a cost effective, yet easy-to-use, high-performance fingerprint authentication system, especially when customers' current system do not have enough performance and memory for fingerprint authentication."
This fingerprint authentication accelerator uses a Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) algorithm (2) licensed from Precise Biometrics, and optimized for AuthenTec's slide fingerprint sensors (3).
"We believe that this new OKI LSI and reference design with AuthenTec sensors will further expand new applications for fingerprint sensors," said Art Stewart, AuthenTec Vice President of Worldwide Sales. "This new turnkey solution - based in part on AuthenTec's patented TruePrint(R) technology - will support the continued rapid global adoption of fingerprint biometrics by helping original equipment manufacturers quickly design products that offer convenient security to today's consumer."
"I am both pleased and proud that the license agreement we signed with Oki Electric Industry just over a year ago has resulted in the launch of an LSI circuit where our biometrics technology contributes to a new product with unique features. We were hoping that as a world-leader the OKI Group would develop an innovative solution, and our hopes have certainly been realized," said Thomas Marschall, President and CEO of Precise Biometrics.
"I am convinced that the introduction now underway will attract a great deal of attention. Not least because with the new circuit OKI can offer so many advantages, such as very rapid identification, a high level of security, low power consumption, integrated memory capacity for the storage of biometric data, and also a significant reduction in system costs since the integrated biometric solution eliminates the need for expensive and resource-consuming development work," Thomas Marschall concluded.
Following are main features of ML67Q5250:
-- The fingerprint authentication accelerator executes all fingerprint authentication processes, from capturing fingerprint image to authentication, within 0.8sec using 32MHz system clock.
-- No external memory is required as the embedded flash stores up to 15 fingerprint templates and the customer's application program.
-- Highly optimized for AuthenTec's slide fingerprint sensors for fast authentication. Certain touch sensors (4) are also supported.
-- Fingerprint data is protected from unauthorized access.
-- Includes GPIOs, synchronous SIO, asynchronous SIO(UART), USB2.0 FS device controller, IC card IF, and SPIs.
-- Provides Software Development Kit (SDK)*5 embedded with AuthenTec's slide sensors. The business-card-size board connects with ARM development kits and enables enrollment and authentication with batteries instead of connecting to a PC.
To support various customer needs, OKI also plans to provide a SDK optimized for some of the touch sensors, and support a fingerprint authentication module. In addition, OKI will develop products with the fingerprint authentication accelerator that are compliant with ISO standard, and will expand its LSI business in the biometric authentication market.
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(Glossary) (1) Fingerprint authentication accelerator: A hardware module converted from software algorithm to enable higher performance fingerprint authentication. (2) DFT method algorithm: DFT (Discrete Fourier Transform) method creates fingerprint data by converting undulation of fingerprint into waveforms. Compared to other methodologies, this algorithm has significantly smaller rate of rejection during enrollment. (3) Slide sensor: Fingerprint images are scanned by sliding one's finger on a sensor surface. It is widely used in notebook PCs and cell phones. (4) Touch sensor: Fingerprint images are scanned by pressing down one's finger on a surface. (5) Software Development Kit (SDK): The development board, sample source program, schematic of the board and documentations are contained, and enable customers to develop customer's application program by connecting with ARM Development kit.
About Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
Founded in 1881, Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. is Japan's first telecommunications manufacturer, with its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. OKI provides top-quality products, technologies and solutions to its customers through its info-telecom system business, semiconductor business and printer business. All three businesses function as a collective force to create exciting new products and technologies that satisfy a spectrum of customer needs in various markets. Visit OKI's global web site at www.oki.com/
About AuthenTec Inc.
With more than 20 million sensors in use worldwide, AuthenTec is the world leader in providing fingerprint authentication sensors and solutions to the high-volume PC, wireless device, and access control markets. AuthenTec's award-winning sensors take full advantage of The Power of Touch(R) by utilizing the Company's patented TruePrint(R) technology to deliver the most convenient, reliable and cost-effective means available for enabling touch-powered features that extend beyond user authentication. For more information, please visit http://www.authentec.com/.
About Precise Biometrics AB
Precise Biometrics AB is an innovative company offering solutions for fingerprint recognition to prove people's identities. With top-of-the-line expertise in fingerprint verification, Precise Biometrics offers fast, accurate and secure authentication of a person. Our core product Precise BioMatch(TM) integrates into systems for access control to buildings, computers and networks as well as ID card programs, passports and secure chips. We act on a global market and our technology is deployed in large-scale projects all over the world. The Precise Biometrics group has subsidiaries in Sweden (with group headquarters in Lund), Great Britain, Hong Kong and USA, and a joint venture agreement in China. Precise Biometrics is listed on the small cap list at the Nordic Exchange in Sweden (symbol:PREC). For more information, please visit www.precisebiometrics.com/
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