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NFC phones, tablets with fingerprint security expected later this year


Authentec has designed a new fingerprint sensor called AES2750 that will be used by near field communication (NFC) phone and tablet users later this year.  The integrated security features packed in the smart fingerprint sensor for mobile phones provides the needed solution to NFC users especially now when payment transactions through phones continue to grow.  In short, this new fingerprint sensor specifically secures access to NFC mobile wallets.

AES2750 has a 192 by 8 pixel fingerprint sensor array and support for both multiple encryption technologies and one-time password generation.  It can fit in small spaces or edges of smartphones and tablets because of its flat package design with narrow Y-dimension and rounded edges.  In fact, it can be inserted through-hole glass mounting for touch screen-enabled mobile devices.

Looking at the device, it is unbelievable to see that such a small sensor can pack so much security features.  It protects mobile wallets in a way so that only registered users have access to it. Inside the NFC device is a secure element with a payment application. The smart sensor only responds directly with that payment application.

With that in place, the device is ready for engaged mobile wallet providers, carriers and handset OEM on NFC-related programs. Further, Authentec is continually enhancing its NFC technology to integrate fingerprint based security into various architectures spanning NFC, baseband and application processors, the OS and the secure element.

The first batch of AES2750 is expected to be out later this year.

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