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London, March 12th 2002 – A new fingerprint identification system from Fujitsu Microelectronics combines sweep sensor technology with advanced algorithms to provide a powerful, dependable, easy-to-use authentication system for PCs, mobile phones and other mobile devices.


Fujitsu’s new MBF300 (Sweep Sensor™) is the industry’s most advanced, cost-efficient fingerprint verification system, built on the company’s solid-state sensor technology and world-class template-matching engine algorithms. The new product is designed to meet the rapidly growing demand for security systems based on biometric technology, a market that is expected to expand from billion in 2001 to more than billion worldwide by 2005.


According to Takeshi Fuse, Director of Advanced Solutions Marketing, Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe, fingerprint identification systems are rapidly replacing identification technology that relies on passwords and personal ID numbers (PINs), which are often lost, forgotten or stolen. “The biometric signature technology built into these new fingerprint-based verification systems provides a new form of highly reliable, secure user authentication for unlocking and enabling secure communication over mobile devices,” he said. “Our MBF300 system represents a major breakthrough, combining sweep sensor hardware with powerful algorithms in a highly accurate method that will rapidly authenticate users of PDAs and mobile phones.”


High-resolution Image and Template Match Provide Instant Identification


Fujitsu's Sweep Sensor fingerprint identification technology can be easily integrated into any mobile device, such as a mobile phone, PDA or PC. The MBF300 combines advanced hardware with sophisticated algorithms that generate unique “minutiae templates” that correspond to specific fingerprint features. A single, rapid fingerprint sweep across the MBF300 sensor captures fingerprint features associated with high-resolution, 500-dpi fingerprint data. The template is then compared against a database of other templates, providing virtually instant identification, with very low false acceptance and false rejection rates.


The MBF300, which operates at voltages from 2.8V to 5V, features a lower operating current of 100mW and standby power consumption of 50 W. The sensor area is approximately 1.28cm x 0.20cm, allowing authentication for all users. The device incorporates three interfaces: USB Version 1.1, an 8-bit MCU bus interface and a Serial Peripheral interface (SPI).


The MBF300 is available in 54-pin FBGA and 54-pin FLGA packaging. The new product is the latest member of Fujitsu’s growing family of products from the Biometric Sensor Products Group, which was formed in mid-2001. The MBF110 and MBF200 fingerprint sensors were introduced in the second half of 2001 to fill a rapidly expanding need for low-cost, secure, physical access systems.


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This product information is also available on the WWW at:

http://www.fma.fujitsu.com/biometric/biometric.asp


Further information on Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe’s products is available at: http://www.fme.fujitsu.com


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