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Product category: Intellectual Property Cores
News Release from: ARC International
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 7 September 2005

Cores to power fingerprint security

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Biometric security specialist Upek has licensed the ARC 625D processor core for its next-generation line of TouchStrip fingerprint authentication products

Upek, a leading supplier of biometric fingerprint security solutions, has expanded its use of ARC's patented configurable CPU technology by taking a licence for the ARC 625D processor core. Upek will use this low power ARC core to develop its next-generation line of TouchStrip fingerprint authentication products.

Upek chose the configurable ARC 625D core because of its small die size, low power consumption and ability to configure proprietary solutions.

By leveraging the power of ARC's configurable technology, Upek's design team has the ability to add custom instructions to the core's integer pipeline, ensuring its TouchStrip solutions are highly differentiated and meet the stringent security requirements of the biometric applications market.

Upek's TouchStrip technology offers proven authentication and password management capabilities, and has become the leading standard in biometric security for a broad range of devices ranging from notebook computers to USB Flash drives and portable hard drives.

Giovanni Gozzini, Director of Hardware Development at Upek, said: 'ARC's configurable CPU technology allows our designers to tailor Upek's next-generation TouchStrip products to meet critical security, cost and power needs of our customers'.

'Upek's increased use of ARC's technology is the latest example of the growing adoption of configurable CPUs in high-volume embedded markets', said Derek Meyer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ARC International.

'The 625D core offers Upek the ability to create a low power, ARC-based solution that is unique to them, ensuring their next-generation line of TouchStrip products will remain differentiated from competitive offerings'.

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