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Synaptics working with Intel and Lenovo to bring enterprise-level biometric authentication to ThinkPad notebooks


Synaptics announced that it is working with Intel and Lenovo on secure enterprise-level fingerprint authentication for the next generation of Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks.

Synaptics’ Natural ID area touch fingerprint solution is supported by Intel Authenticate, a hardware-enhanced, multifactor authentication solution that strengthens identity protection on the PC, making it less vulnerable to identity and security credential attacks.

Intel Authenticate uses everything from personal identification numbers to Bluetooth to location and biometrics to verify identity.

Tom Garrison, vice president and general manager of business client platforms for Intel commented, “Synaptics played a critical role in supporting the development of Intel Authenticate and we’re very pleased with the teamwork and leveraging of their expertise in biometrics. Our like-minded vision of eliminating the need to remember and type passwords is taking a large step forward with Intel Authenticate”.

Synaptics’ Natural ID area touch fingerprint solution is just one of several multifactors being supported by Intel Authenticate. This enables IT administrators to set access permissions to a more robust set of authentication solutions and combine up to three categories of hardened factors, improving network security and the user experience.

“The work we’re doing with companies like Intel and Synaptics demonstrates our commitment to provide our customers with a secure, yet delightful user experience and helps us continue to push the envelope on innovation in the next generation of PCs,” said Luis Hernandez, vice president and general manager, ThinkPad Business, Lenovo.

Anthony Gioeli, vice president of marketing for the biometrics product division of Synaptics continued, “Our ongoing partnerships with leading OEMs, like Lenovo and Intel, is a testament to Synaptics’ industry leading fingerprint solutions and our commitment to provide the most secure combination of biometric authentication factors available.”

Previously reported, Synaptics recently demonstrated its Natural ID fingerprint authentication technology under glass, illustrating the potential of button-free industrial designs for smartphones.

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