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November 26, 2013

FPC1020 is the World's First Touch Fingerprint Sensor for Mobile Devices Running Android and Windows

We are seeing more companies allowing their employees to bring their own device (BYOD) to use for work. This of course opens a whole new kettle of fish. How do you keep everything secure? Of course, the easiest way is to password protect everything.

There have been a few studies out recently concerning security when it comes to using mobile devices. A lot of these surveys agree on several facts. First and most obvious is that, yes, there is a need for security. Neither corporate IT nor employees deny this. The problem comes into play with the second fact.

That is the undeniable fact that a majority of people who have passwords forget them. What is the use of having your smartphone or tablet so secure that you can’t use it? Now, we may be looking at alternate method

Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC) produces, develops and markets biometric components. Through the analysis and matching of an individual's unique fingerprint, FPC can verify a person's identity. The technology consists of biometric sensors, processors, algorithms and modules that can be used separately or in combination with each other. That is correct, it is a fingerprint scanner.

Today, November 26, 2013, Fingerprint Cards introduced the FPC1020. It is the world's first capacitive touch fingerprint sensor for smartphones and tablets that are running on the Android and Windows Phone platforms.

The FPC1020 is optimized to offer smartphone and tablet OEMs unprecedented performance. It also enables OEMs to relieve consumers from the burden of using PIN codes and passwords that they are constantly forgetting, for user verification.

Jorgen Lantto, executive vice president, CTO and head of strategy and product management at FPC, had the following to say:  

"FPC1020 will enable smartphone and tablet OEMs to offer consumers a compelling user experience combining great convenience and security with excellent performance and appealing design. There is an overwhelming demand from the leading OEMs to integrate touch fingerprint sensors into mobile devices and we are delighted to respond to this strong demand by introducing the first capacitive touch fingerprint sensor optimized for mobile devices using Android. Our core fingerprint sensor technology has since a long time delivered the best performance in the industry for both touch and swipe sensors and this has enabled FPC1020 to be uniquely positioned to drive the adoption of touch fingerprint sensors into Android [and Windows] based smartphones and tablets".

Testing for the FPC1020 has already been taking place, and the silicon was sampled just a few weeks ago. If all goes as planned, the first engineering sample deliveries of complete sensor modules should be ready for customers in the next couple of weeks.

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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