Sensor offers security and system navigation capabilities
Sensor offers security and system navigation capabilities.

February 23, 2005 07:44 - Suited for mobile, handheld applications, FingerChip? sensor combines fingerprint authentication and navigation capabilities on 1.8C3.3 V I/O range. It uses sweep method of fingerprint image capture and lets user implement any security or file encryption application to command all preferred services. Authentication mechanism runs on handset or SIM card, and touchpad provides navigation function, enabling scroll in any direction for browsing mobile phone menus.

Atmel Unveils New FingerChip Sensor Dedicated to Mobile Communication Applications, Combining Security and System Navigation Capabilities

Allows New Features and Cost-Reductions in Mobile, Handheld Applications

GRENOBLE, France, Feb. 14 -- Atmel(R) Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced today the introduction of a new member in its FingerChip(R) family of sensors. It is the first chip combining fingerprint authentication and state of the art navigation capabilities on an extended (1.8v-3.3V) I/O range.

Fingerprint authentication ensures protection of handsets, personal information and mobile networks, by letting only enrolled users access the device. Any security suite, such as password vault (Single Sign On) or file encryption applications can be implemented, allowing the user to conveniently command all preferred services, at the touch of a finger.

By using a patented sweep method widely recognized as the most efficient fingerprint image capture process on the market, the same touchpad also combines a unique navigation function. The user can scroll in any direction to browse through the mobile phone menus and select the item or application he wishes. This can replace sometimes awkward or unreliable mechanical navigation buttons, and reduce the bill of materials.

"With this new sensor, we went a big step further by providing intuitive authentication and navigation technology," said Philippe Ruffin, Atmel Biometrics Marketing Manager for Telecom Applications. "The FingerChip is now enabling deployment of value-added mobile services where strong user authentication is essential."

Due to a flexible architecture, that allows the authentication mechanism to run on either the handset or the SIM card, FingerChip-based solutions can match application requirements of cellphone makers and mobile network operators.

Relying on field-proven technology, it offers the lowest power consumption on the market (4.5mA in acquisition mode, 1.7mA in navigation mode, less than 10uA in stand-by mode). With also the smallest visible area (at 12x1.5mm2), the AT77C105A FingerChip is a perfect fit for mobile phone manufacturers willing to deploy innovative fingerprint authentication and navigation solutions. Colors remain available, thanks to a strong protection coating which makes all of the FingerChip family members the most robust silicon sensors today.

Samples of the AT77C105A and evaluation kits are now available.

To discover all about the FingerChip portfolio, including Atmel's latest success stories and integration on portable devices, please come visit us on our booth G33, Hall 2 at Cannes, and ask for a demonstration.

About Atmel

Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions. Focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets, Atmel ICs can be found Everywhere You Are(SM).

NOTE: Atmel(R), logo and combinations thereof, FingerChip(R), and others are registered trademarks, and Everywhere You Are(SM) and others are trademarks of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. Other terms and product names may be trademarks of others.


Further information on the AT77C105A can be retrieved at:

For further information on Atmel's biometrics, go to

Clive Over Director of Public Relations
Phone: 408-451-2855

Company Information:
Name: Atmel Corp.
Address: 2325-T Orchard Pkwy.
City: San Jose
State: CA
ZIP: 95131
Country: USA
Phone: 408-441-0311
FAX: 408-436-4200

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