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Cypress And UPEK Team To Offer Biometric Security Reference Design With Market's Strongest Protection For External Hard Disk Drives

Last Updated: August 11, 2006

Cypress And UPEK Team To Offer Biometric Security Reference Design With Market's Strongest Protection For External Hard Disk Drives

Design Leverages Cypress's USB Technology and UPEK's Fingerprint Authentication Solution To Keep Data Secure with a Simple Touch of a Finger

SAN JOSE, Calif. and EMERYVILLE, Calif. - October 11, 2006 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) and UPEK®, Inc. today introduced a reference design to protect data on external hard disk drives (HDDs) by adding biometric security via fingerprint recognition technology. The reference design delivers the industry's strongest security by authenticating fingerprint matches on-board the external HDD system instead of on the PC, ensuring no data is passed between the HDD and PC until a match has occurred. The new CY4661 reference design uses UPEK's TouchStrip™ Fingerprint High Security Authentication Solution along with Cypress's EZ-USB FX2LP™ USB controller to address the growing need for secure personal information and enterprise data on portable drives.

The reference design enables manufacturers of HDDs to add biometric security that only allows those with a registered fingerprint to access data on the drives. It features match-on-chip, hardware-based authentication for the strongest data and privacy protection available.  All fingerprint matching functions (template extraction, storage and matching) are conducted in the secure UPEK fingerprint hardware-based architecture on the external drive, providing true portability and security from PC security risks. UPEK's hardware-based security architecture, capable of encrypting communications, can also enable future online authentication services.  The CY4661 is bundled with UPEK's industry leading Protector Suite™ Token application software, which simplifies access to data, applications and websites.  The software includes a password bank to securely register and access password-protected websites and applications. The end-to-end solution ensures plug-and-play ease of use and eliminates the need to download software on a host PC.

"The Cypress/UPEK reference design delivers maximum protection for the sensitive data that consumers increasingly store on their portable drives, and it does so with the ease and convenience of the swipe of a finger," said Rajiv Nema, product marketing manager for Cypress's High Speed Peripherals Business Unit. "The flexibility and performance of the EZ-USB FX2LP controller is a perfect fit for the needs of the rapidly growing biometric security market."

"UPEK's complete hardware-based fingerprint solution offers the highest level of biometric security and convenience in the market today," said Vito Fabbrizio, Director of Portable Storage Solutions for UPEK, Inc. "This unparalleled protection is enhanced by the performance of Cypress's industry-leading USB technology and is an essential product for individuals on the go."

The UPEK/Cypress CY4661 biometric reference design enables fast time-to-market and reduced integration costs with its hardware and software solution for secure portable hard disk drives. The reference design includes a field-proven integrated UPEK enrollment tutorial that offers consumers an "easy to start" video training and practice session with performance feedback to ensure an excellent user experience. This results in a satisfying end user experience and greater security due to high-quality matches, leading to fewer support calls, product returns, and improved customer satisfaction.

Price and Availability
The new CY4661 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 or UPEK sales representative.

About UPEK's TouchStrip™ Fingerprint Authentication Solution
The TouchStrip Fingerprint Authentication Solution is an end-to-end solution combining a high image quality silicon sensor, a secure companion processor for biometric processes, and easy-to-use software for protection and convenient access to digital assets.  Integrated in the world's largest brand PCs and portable storage devices, the TouchStrip Fingerprint Authentication Solution leverages hardware-based security to protect sensitive data, access to websites and applications, and future online services.

The EZ-USB FX2LP is the world's lowest power fully integrated programmable 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). It handles all basic USB functions, enabling the host system's microprocessor to focus on application-specific functions and ensuring sustained high-speed data transfer rates. Featuring a data rate of 480 Mbps, 16 Kbytes of on-chip memory, and up to 40 programmable I/Os, the EZ-USB FX2LP solution provides complete design flexibility. There are several package options, including a 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.

About UPEK
UPEK, Inc., a global leader in biometric fingerprint security solutions, offers integrated end-to-end solutions including comprehensive design & integration services to the world's leading consumer and industrial products companies. UPEK solutions enable the strongest fingerprint authentication security available, packaged for high user convenience and rapid integration into existing products and network architectures.  The company has been pioneering biometric fingerprint technology since 1996 and shipping product in volume since 1999.  UPEK is headquartered in Emeryville, California, with offices in Prague, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo. For more information, please visit

About Cypress
Cypress solutions perform: consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar. Leveraging proprietary silicon processes, Cypress's product portfolio includes a broad selection of wired and wireless USB devices, CMOS image sensors, timing solutions, specialty memories, high-bandwidth synchronous and micropower memory products, optical solutions and reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays. Cypress trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CY. Visit us at

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Cypress and the Cypress logo are registered trademarks and EZ-USB FX2LP is a trademark of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. UPEK and the UPEK logo are registered trademarks and TouchStrip and Protector Suite are trademarks of UPEK, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.