AuthenTec Receives Florida Governor's New Product Award for 2007


MELBOURNE, FLORIDA" April 11, 2007 " AuthenTec, the leader in fingerprint sensor security, innovation and sales to the PC, wireless, and access control markets, announced today that its AES1510 fingerprint sensor has been recognized with the Florida Governor's New Product Award for 2007. AuthenTec accepted the award, given in the category of a medium-sized company, at a ceremony held earlier today in Tallahassee.

The Governor's New Product Award recognizes the full spectrum of benefits that come from the research and engineering of new products in the State of Florida. AuthenTec's AES1510 -- a revolutionary fingerprint sensor which was introduced in 2005 -- is used to secure smart phone data and to authorize payments made by mobile phones with contactless near field communication technology.

"This award recognizes the continuing evolution and strong market acceptance of our fingerprint sensors, and the outstanding efforts of the entire AuthenTec team," said AuthenTec CEO Scott Moody. "The success and market acceptance of our fingerprint sensors have enabled our continued growth as a Florida-based company, allowing us to grow from a 15 person organization with a single engineering prototype in 1998 to a 105 person company with more than 15 million sensors in use today."

Already designed into the majority of today's most innovative biometric cell phones, AuthenTec's AES1510 is the smallest sensor with AuthenTec's award-winning Power of Touch functionality, enabling manufacturers to easily and cost-effectively add security, convenience, navigation and personalization controlled by the simple swipe of a finger. The AES1510 is a slide fingerprint sensor that uses patented TruePrint® technology to read fingerprints below the surface of the skin, thereby enhancing both accuracy and reliability.

AuthenTec received the Florida Governor's Diversification Award for Innovation in 2006 and was also presented with the Governor's New Product Award for its AES4000 fingerprint sensor in 2003.

The Governor's New Product Award program, established in 1985, salutes Florida inventors in the design and development of new products, machines, processes or materials. Selection of the winning entries is based on the sales and economic impact in the State of Florida, the innovative use of engineering principles, and the improved savings, productivity, energy efficiency and safety. The Governor's New Product Award program is administered by the Florida Professional Engineers in Industry, a practice section of the Florida Engineering Society.

About AuthenTec
With more than 15 million sensors in use worldwide, AuthenTec is the world leader in providing fingerprint authentication 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. The company's customers include: ASUSTek, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, HTC, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Samsung, and Toshiba, among others.

Contacts:
Brent Dietz
Nicole Loring

AuthenTec
Zero to 5ive
321-308-1320
617-834-2190
brent.dietz@authentec.com
nicole@0to5.com

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