AuthenTec Launches World’s Smallest Touch-and-Go Fingerprint Sensor

AuthenTec Launches World’s Smallest Touch-and-Go Fingerprint Sensor


AuthenTec, the leader in advanced biometric semiconductor technology, today announced its new EntréPad™ AES3500, a fingerprint sensor specially designed to enhance personal security in the mobile PC, wireless and PDA markets.

With a sensor array only 6.5mm x 6.5mm square, the EntréPad is by far the smallest touch-and-go biometric device available today. Its small size and low power operation meets the requirements for small battery operated consumer devices. Now laptops, cell phones, PDAs, handheld devices and other mobile electronics can have the advantage of superior security and convenience.

“The size and technical sophistication of the newest EntréPad sensor sets the standard for fingerprint biometrics, and will drive adoption of biometric security for everyday products,” stated Scott Moody, President and CEO of AuthenTec. “The AES3500 is truly a revolutionary product, combining convenience, security, reliability and low cost all in one very small package. This newest product addition continues to strengthen our leadership position in this market.”

The EntréPad AES3500 is based on AuthenTec’s patented subsurface TruePrint™ technology, which allows 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.

The EntréPad AES3500 is compatible with most operating systems used on consumer devices, including Microsoft Windows 98®, ME®, NT® v4.0, 2000®, XP®, and Symbian® with future plans for Palm OS® and Windows CE.

The AES3500’s Select-a-bus architecture allows easy glueless integration into new designs. The on-chip interfaces include USB, 8 bit parallel, serial, and both synchronous and asynchronous serial.

“Size limited devices such as PDA’s and cellular phones have more demanding requirements than traditional applications,” said Samir Nanavati, partner at International Biometric Group, a New York City based consulting and integration firm. “High power consumption has been one of the most difficult technological challenges limiting the widespread integration of finger-scan biometrics into mobile and wireless devices.”