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Medion PNA Devices Employ Fingerprint Authentication

AuthenTec : 06 May, 2010  (Application Story)
AuthenTec is supplying smart sensor fingerprint biometrics devices for use in a range of Personal Navigation Assistants from Medion
AuthenTec has won designs in five new Personal Navigation Assistants (PNAs) now available from Medion in Europe. Each of Medion's new GoPal P4445/ P4440, P4245, X4545 and X4345 and PNAs include AuthenTec's AES1711 TruePrint smart sensor for keeping personal data protected, one-touch access to individual user profiles and theft deterrence. AuthenTec and Medion previously collaborated on the world's first fingerprint-enabled PNA, the Medion GoPal P4425, which was launched in 2008.

"Following the success of our unique, fingerprint-secure PNAs in the marketplace, we are pleased to further expand our lineup with five new AuthenTec-enabled models," said Mark Jendrzok, Medion AG's Executive Vice President of Product Strategy and Mobile Computing. "This broad portfolio of PNAs includes one-touch security and user personalization by way of AuthenTec's TruePrint smart sensor technology, bringing an added level of security and peace of mind to owners of these innovative new satellite navigation devices by only allowing authorized users access personal data such as trip history, favourite places and home location."

"We are very pleased to expand our longtime relationship with Medion to ensure that five of their newest Medion GoPal PNA models include one-touch security, data privacy protection afforded by our AES1711 TruePrint smart sensor," said Marc Gebert, AuthenTec's Director of European Marketing and Sales. "This brings to nine the total number of AuthenTec-enabled Medion PNA models, which is a testament to the trust they place in us as a provider of convenient and cost-effective, one-touch security for these mobile devices."

Medion's newest PNAs, the X4545 and X4345 were announced at CEBIT. The Medion GoPal X4545 is a 4.7-inch touchscreen PNA with a SiRFprima 600 MHz processor with speech control for hands-free operation, including GPSpro allowing navigation in case of loss of GPS signals in tunnels, and integrated Bluetooth and FM transmitter for wireless transfer of MP3 music and driving instructions via the car's sound system. The Medion GoPal X4345 offers these same features but without the Bluetooth hands-free functionality.

Medion's GoPal P4445 is a 4.7-inch touchscreen PNA that features a 400 MHz processor, voice command capability for hands-free operation, an integrated MP3 player and other advanced features. Medion GoPal P4440 is a 4.7-inch touchscreen PNA that integrates features including text-to-speech, enhanced lane assistant, and Bluetooth and FM transmitter technology. The Medion GoPal P4245 is also a 4.7-inch touchscreen PNA and belongs to Medion's high-end range. It is the best solution for those who would like to have a full-featured device but don't need the Bluetooth functionality.

AuthenTec's AES1711 smart sensor is based on TruePrint technology, AuthenTec's patented and unique solution that reads below the surface of the skin to the live layer where a person's true fingerprint resides. This patented subsurface approach enables AuthenTec sensors to read virtually every fingerprint, every time -- a critical requirement in any fingerprint-enabled device.

AuthenTec is an ISO9001-certified provider of fingerprint sensors and solutions with the broadest product and IP portfolio in the silicon fingerprint sensor industry with 144 US patents issued and pending (as well as additional foreign patents). AuthenTec recently expanded its offering to include complete solutions for security, identity management and touch control via its new smart sensor hardware, software, and client applications as well as new products and IP from the Company's recent acquisition of SafeNet's Embedded Security Solutions Division.
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