FPC touch sensor portfolio now available for PC

January 4, 2017 - 

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has launched a new product that will enable secure communication from its portfolio of fingerprint touch sensors to the host CPU’s protected enclave, including a wide range of PCs.

The new PC offering supports Intel-based processor families using Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.

The first generation of the product features a software solution that can be implemented on a co-located microcontroller that is connected between FPC’s touch sensors and the host CPU’s protected enclave.

The new offering uses AES encryption to secure the biometric image between the sensor and the Intel CPU’s Security Guard Extension enclave.

The hardware-based encryption allows for enclave-only storage of the biometric template, which protects all data and images from OS or Application errors.

“The threat of identity compromise and theft of personal information are becoming an increasing concern for PC users, especially as the boundaries between professional and personal use continues to blend,” said Niklas Strid, SVP of PC and embedded at Fingerprint Cards. “Our new product offering allows PC users to use their fingerprints to safely store their credentials, say goodbye to their difficult-to-remember passwords, identify themselves with Windows Hello and make secure payments.”

Fingerprint Cards’ FPC SafeTouch anti-spoofing feature ensures best in class security without compromising performance to achieve unparalleled authentication.

“Our new PC sensor suite will allow users to quickly unlock their PCs and make secure purchases as the application ecosystem enables it, all while keeping the user’s fingerprint locked in the secure enclave,” said Strid.

FPC’s new PC sensor suite is now available for customer sampling and design implementation. Coming generations of the product will consist of an optimized hardware solution which currently is under development

Previously reported, the new Samsung Notebook 9 PC line features a built-in fingerprint sensor from Fingerprint Cards, enabling secure sign in with a single touch.

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