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Cypress and AuthenTec Deliver Reference Design For Biometric Security

Last Updated: November 25, 2011

Cypress and AuthenTec Deliver Reference Design For Biometric Security

Cypress's USB Technology and AuthenTec's Fingerprint Sensing Offer Low-Cost, Fast-to-Market Solution for Securing Confidential Data on External Drives

SAN JOSE, Calif. and MELBOURNE, Fla., -- January 31, 2006 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) and AuthenTec today jointly introduced a reference design for adding biometric security to external hard disk drives (HDDs) using fingerprint recognition technology.

As portable data storage has proliferated, users have begun to carry sensitive corporate and private data on these drives. If these drives are lost or stolen, the damage can be very severe, depending on who ends up with the drive. The new Cypress/AuthenTec CY4651 reference design allows manufacturers of portable HDD's or enclosures to easily add biometric security to these drives, limiting access to data on the drives to those with a registered fingerprint.

The new CY4651 reference design includes everything needed to add security to an external HDD, including schematic diagrams, firmware, a user design manual and a complete bill of materials (BOM). The total cost of all components listed on the BOM is approximately USD $7.00, the most inexpensive solution available for adding biometric security. The reference design includes AuthenTec's EntréPad® 2510, the industry's most proven biometric fingerprint slide sensor, and Cypress's high-speed, low-power EZ-USB FX2LP™ USB microcontroller, which interfaces with AuthenTec's sensor and delivers data from the HDD to the host computer.

"Security is an increasingly important consideration for portable mass storage," said Rajiv Nema, product marketing manager for Cypress's High-Speed PC Peripherals Business Unit. "This reference design gives our mass storage customers a powerful, economic and easy to implement solution much desired in the marketplace."

"We're pleased to partner with the USB industry leader for this important application," said Bill Dennehy, director of business development for AuthenTec. "Security is a critical feature in portable storage devices, and fingerprint biometrics offers the most trusted and cost-effective form of security available."

Price and Availability
The new CY4651 reference design can be downloaded free of charge from Cypress in the "Reference Designs" section at" Interested parties can also request a live demo from their local Cypress sales representative. A photo of the CY4651 reference design hardware demo is available at

About AuthenTec's EntréPad 2510
The EntréPad 2510 protects stored information using AuthenTec's TruePrint® technology that provides the most accurate fingerprint image, and TrueMatch® pattern matching technology, which ensures secure user authentication.  The popular sensor leverages AuthenTec's award-winning Power of Touch®-- enabling manufacturers to easily and cost-effectively add security, convenience, navigation and personalization controlled by the simple swipe of a finger.

The EZ-USB FX2LP is world's lowest power fully integrated peripheral controller, including an 8051 microprocessor, a serial interface engine, a high-speed USB 2.0 transceiver, on-chip RAM and FIFO and a General Programmable Interface (GPIF)." Its unique architecture handles all basic USB functions, enabling the host system's microprocessor to focus on application-specific functions and ensuring sustained high-performance data transfer rates. Featuring a data rate of 480 Mbps, 16 Kbytes of on-chip memory, and up to 40 programmable I/Os, Cypress's EZ-USB FX2LP solution provides complete design flexibility. There are also several package options, including a space-saving 5mm x 5mm VFBGA package, ideal for use in small form-factor mobile applications. The CY3684 EZ-USB FX2LP Development Kit is available to facilitate the design process and speed time-to-market for customers.

About AuthenTec
With more than seven million sensors in use worldwide, AuthenTec is the world leader in fingerprint sensor security, innovation and sales to the PC, wireless, and access control markets. AuthenTec's award-winning FingerLoc® and EntréPad sensors take full advantage of The Power of Touch by utilizing the company's patented TruePrint technology to deliver the most convenient, reliable and cost-effective means available for enabling touch-powered features that extend beyond user authentication. The company's network of partners, solution providers and customers include: Analog Devices, APC, Compal, Cherry, Fujitsu Computer, Computer Associates, Cypress, HP, IBM, LGE, Microsoft, Motion Computing, NEC Packard Bell, Pantech, Quanta, Samsung, Tatung, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, and Wistron, among others.  Visit

About Cypress
Cypress solutions are at the heart of any system that is built to perform: consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar power." Leveraging a strong commitment to customer service and performance-based process and manufacturing expertise, Cypress's product portfolio includes a broad selection of wired and wireless USB devices, CMOS image sensors, timing solutions, network search engines, specialty memories, high-bandwidth synchronous and micropower memory products, optical solutions, and reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays. Cypress stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CY. More information about the company is available online at"

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Cypress and the Cypress logo are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. EZ-USB FX2LP is a trademark of Cypress.  EntréPad, "Power of Touch, TruePrint, TrueMatch and FingerLoc are registered trademarks of AuthenTec.   All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.