Biometric Touchpad is designed for notebooks.

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SecurePad biometric interface module integrates LiveFlex fingerprint sensor to provide notebooks with biometric security. Users swipe finger over plastic surface for authentication, identification, and data security, eliminating need to remember multiple usernames and passwords. Sensor's surface is resistant to general chemicals, liquids, abrasion, and impact. SecurePad is compatible with wide range of biometric software applications.

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Synaptics Launches SecurePad TouchPad Module for the Notebook Market

Synaptics and Validity Announce Partnership Agreement to Provide Biometric Interface Solutions for the Notebook Market

SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 28 / - Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA), a leading developer of interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment devices, today announced the introduction of SecurePad(TM), a new biometric TouchPad created especially for notebooks. The SecurePad product is the result of a partnership with Validity Sensors, Inc. which allows Synaptics to exclusively offer TouchPad interface solutions that incorporate Validity's LiveFlex(TM) fingerprint sensing technology for convenient and reliable biometric security in the notebook market.

The SecurePad integrates the LiveFlex fingerprint sensor with a Synaptics TouchPad, offering notebook OEMs a single integrated biometric interface module. This modular approach not only simplifies integration for the OEM, but also allows manufacturers to offer fingerprint security as a build to order option.

"Synaptics has always been at the forefront of introducing new technologies to the notebook market and supporting our customer's design initiatives," said Mariel van Tatenhove, Senior Product Line Director of PC Products. "The SecurePad offers computer manufacturers a reliable biometric security TouchPad solution that is easy to integrate."

With the LiveFlex sensor, users simply swipe their finger over a durable plastic surface for authentication, identification, and data security, eliminating the need to remember multiple usernames and passwords. To overcome the drawbacks of existing fingerprint sensors, the LiveFlex sensor is separated from the silicon, dramatically increasing the sensor's resistance to electrostatic discharge (ESD). Additionally, the surface of the Validity sensor provides superior resistance to general chemicals, liquids, abrasion, and impact, critical factors for notebook use in real world environments.

"Until recently, the implementation of fingerprint technology into notebook computers has been hindered by frail silicon sensors," said Curt Chandler, Vice President of Technical Marketing at Validity Sensors Inc. "SecurePad is an integrated solution that combines the best available in biometrics and capacitive position sensing technology to offer a durable and convenient all-in-one human interface module to computing manufacturers."

In addition to combining biometric and capacitive sensing in one modular interface solution, the SecurePad is fully compatible with leading biometric software applications, including Softex Incorporated's OmniPass(TM) and Phoenix Technologies' Biotrust Windows application with TrustedCore(TM) PreBoot Authentication (PBA) software.

"SecurePad is a key building block in Synaptics' initiative to strengthen our leadership position in the notebook market by offering our customers a reliable, easy to integrate security solution," explained Tom Tiernan, General Manager of Synaptics. "We are pleased to partner with Validity, allowing us to offer security solutions to meet the expanding needs of our notebook customers."

SecurePad is currently available to notebook manufacturers and designers.

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About Synaptics Incorporated

Synaptics is a leading developer of interface solutions for the mobile computing, communications and entertainment industries. The company creates interface solutions for a variety of devices including notebook PCs, PC peripherals, digital music players, and mobile phones. The TouchPad(TM), Synaptics' flagship product, is integrated into more than 50 percent of today's notebook computers. Consumer electronics and computing manufacturers use Synaptics' solutions to enrich the interaction between humans and intelligent devices through improved usability, functionality and industrial design. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California. .

About Validity Sensors, Inc.

Headquartered in San Jose, California, Validity Sensors, Inc. is a provider of the world's most durable, high performance finger print sensors for the PC & Networking, Wireless, Portable Storage, and Access Control markets.

Validity's biometric security products enable a wide range of product enhancements across numerous market segments including password replacement for PCs and applications, centralized management for corporate network security, secure mobile transactions, protection of portable data, identity verification for government and military applications and physical access control.

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