Silex Adds Biometric Devices, Software

Silex Technology this week will launch new biometric fingerprint readers and authentication software.

Silex Technology this week will launch new biometric fingerprint readers and authentication software to help safeguard data on PCs, laptops and PDAs.

The new devices are designed to help users secure data without passwords. The devices use silicon sensors developed by Fujitsu Microelectronics and scan at 500-dpi resolution. Instead of recording a copy of the entire fingerprint, the readers capture a unique collection of data points from a user.

One new device designed for mobile users, the $179 Combo-Mini, about the size of a key chain, connects to a computers USB (Universal Serial Bus) port, and fingerprint data is stored on the card. Silexs other new devices include the $199 FIC-200 fingerprint reader card for notebooks, which slides into a PC Card slot. For desktop users, Silex is rolling out the $149 FUS-200N fingerprint reader with a USB interface.

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