Cypress debuts reliable, secure fingerprint sensing solution for mobile devices

Cypress Semiconductor Corp., in conjunction with its strategic partner IDEX ASA, today introduced a fingerprint reader solution designed to bring reliable, easy-to-use user authentication to smartphones, tablets, wearables and other mobile devices. The TrueTouch Fingerprint Reader uses proprietary sensing circuitry and a unique touch sensor design to provide best-in-class fingerprint image quality and pattern matching accuracy—improving security and delivering a superior user experience. The flexible solution enables designers to create custom home buttons with specialized shapes and sizes or to integrate the sensor into any mobile device’s industrial design or home button.

Consumers have increasingly embraced fingerprint readers as an alternative to keying in complex usernames, PINs and passwords. Mobile device OEMs and companies that sell via the Internet have gravitated toward the technology as the most secure way to validate a user’s identity. Demand for fingerprint readers in mobile devices is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 47 percent through 2019, reaching annual shipments of more than 700 million units.

Cypress will showcase its TrueTouch Fingerprint Reader, along with its extensive portfolio of capacitive touchscreen and touch-sensing solutions, at Mobile World Congress 2015 from March 2-5 in Hall 2, Stand 2C26MR at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona.

TrueTouch Fingerprint Reader block diagram

“The barriers to entry are considerable in the emerging market for fingerprint readers, in part because of the highly specialized IP and complete solution that is required to compete,” said T.J. Rodgers, President and CEO of Cypress. “Our relationship with IDEX will enable us to provide our top-tier mobile customers with a globally deployable fingerprint sensing solution, including a sensor, Android drivers and a software stack. With our industry-leading CapSense capacitive touch-sensing controllers, and our TrueTouch touchscreen solutions, Cypress will have an unmatched portfolio for mobile user interfaces.”

“We are extremely pleased with the performance of our new generation touch sensor developed in record time through our partnership with Cypress,” said Dr. Hemant Mardia, CEO of IDEX ASA. “The combination of IDEX’s breakthrough imaging performance, matching algorithm and patented sensor IP with Cypress’s award-winning programmable system-on-chip technology delivers best in class fingerprint matching. This product has been designed based on fundamentally new technology to meet our OEM customers’ demands for usability and security strength from small touch sensors.”

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