MELBOURNE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AuthenTec (NASDAQ:AUTH), the world’s leading provider of smart fingerprint sensors and solutions, announced upgrades to its popular TrueNav feature set that enhances the cell phone and PC user experience by enabling navigation capabilities via its award-winning family of fingerprint sensors. The Company recently upgraded its TrueNav™ input control software, released as TrueNav 2.0, to include enhanced finger mouse mode and optimized fast-finger movement detection, providing a more touchpad-like experience for users of AuthenTec-enabled cell phones and PCs.
TrueNav technology adds touchpad-like navigation and other touch-based functionality to AuthenTec Power of Touch® features, including security, convenience and personalization. TrueNav leverages AuthenTec sensors' high definition pixel array and subsurface imaging to track small movements of a finger across the sensor and translate that motion into on-screen actions. TrueNav technology has been integrated into millions of cell phones including newly introduced models from Fujitsu, NTT DoCoMo, HTC, and Acer, adding to the value proposition of AuthenTec sensors by combining enhanced user control with reduced hardware and bill of materials costs for OEMs. TrueNav2.0 will be integrated directly in the sensor on AuthenTec’s next generation of smart fingerprint sensors for the wireless and PC markets, codenamed ‘Rogers’ and ‘Marcy,’ respectively. The integration of TrueNav in the sensor helps reduce processor load and current consumption of these smart sensors while enhancing the user experience.
“Many of our mobile phone customers have seen the value our fingerprint sensors can provide as a navigational device, particularly as touch-based user input has grown with the emergence of touchscreen-equipped mobile devices,” said Art Stewart, AuthenTec vice president of Wireless Products. “Mobile device OEMs want a very precise input device to control the mouse used in many of today’s advanced mobile web browsers. TrueNav 2.0 not only allows our sensors to be used for this mouse-like functionality but also provides fast finger movement detection, ensuring that rapid finger flicks over the sensor are detected and accurately translated into the user’s intended motion.”
Unlike mechanical switches, AuthenTec sensors with TrueNav can emulate a wide variety of input control devices including trackballs, touchpads, scroll wheels, and directional pads. In addition, TrueNav offers enhanced usability features such as turbo-scrolling, which allows a user to rapidly scroll through a long list of contacts, lengthy e-mails, or music play lists without repetitive finger movements. A user can also perform button clicks via a single or double tap of the sensor to access programs or open files or folders.
AuthenTec’s latest smart sensors leverage an on-chip navigation engine to minimize the computational payload delivered to the host processor when the sensor is being used for input control. Thus, the host processer utilization is reduced which significantly lowers overall system power consumption.
All AuthenTec sensors are based on the Company’s patented TruePrint® technology to deliver extremely accurate and reliable fingerprint imaging by reading below the surface of the skin to the live layer, where a person’s true fingerprint resides. This unique subsurface approach enables AuthenTec sensors to overcome common skin surface conditions to read virtually every fingerprint, every time. TruePrint also allows AuthenTec to provide the smallest sensors on the market, yet provide all the security, privacy and convenience afforded in its larger form factor devices.
With more than 45 million sensors sold worldwide, AuthenTec is the world leader in providing smart fingerprint sensors and solutions to the high-volume PC, wireless device, and access control markets. AuthenTec's award-winning sensors take full advantage of The Power of Touch® by utilizing the company's patented TruePrint® technology to deliver the most convenient, reliable and cost-effective means available for enabling touch-powered features that extend beyond user authentication.