Swedish fingerprint sensor maker Fingerprint Cards has revealed plans for a new product that will enable secure communication from the company’s industry leading portfolio of fingerprint touch sensors to the host CPU’s protected enclave.
The company says its new PC offering is focused on supporting Intel-based processor families utilizing Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.
The first generation of the product consists of a software solution that can be implemented on a co-located microcontroller that is connected between Fingerprints’ touch sensors and the host CPU’s protected enclave.
“Security is paramount in the new offering and AES encryption is utilized to secure the biometric image between the sensor and the Intel CPU’s Security Guard Extension enclave”, wrote FPC in a statement.
The hardware-based encryption allows for enclave-only storage of the biometric template, which keeps all data and images protected from OS or Application errors.
“The threat of identity compromise and theft of personal information are becoming an increasing concern for PC users, especially as the boundaries between professional and personal use continues to blend. Our new product offering allows PC users to use their fingerprints to safely store their credentials, say goodbye to their difficult-to-remember passwords, identify themselves with Windows Hello and make secure payments,” says Niklas Strid, SVP, PC and Embedded at Fingerprint Cards.
“Our new PC sensor suite will allow users to quickly unlock their PCs and make secure purchases as the application ecosystem enables it, all while keeping the user’s fingerprint locked in the secure enclave,” says Niklas Strid.
Fingerprint Cards’ new PC offering is currently available for customer sampling and design implementation. Coming generations of the product will consist of an optimized hardware solution which currently is under development.