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Cypress Joins Authentication Interoperability Group

26 February 2015

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. said Wednesday (Feb. 25) it joined the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance, an industry consortium creating standards to promote interoperability among strong authentication technologies.

Cypress (San Jose, Calif.) said it is designing fingerprint reader technology to meet FIDO standards.

FIDO members commit to share technology and collaborate to deliver open specifications for universal authentication methods that are interoperable, more secure and private, and easier to use, according to the organization. The organization’s specifications are designed to enable biometric identity verification that protects user information and eliminates the need for passwords.

Last year, Cypress formed partnership with IDEX ASA to produce fingerprint reader solutions. Cypress plans to offer the fingerprint reader chips alongside its capacitive touch-sensing products.

Hassane El-Khoury, executive vice president of the Programmable Solutions division at Cypress, said through a statement that the FIDO membership — combined with Cypress’s capacitive touch-sensing technology — would position the company to make rapid inroads into the fingerprint reader market.

"We envision a very strong product roadmap that will meet the rapidly growing demand for personal security," El-Khoury said.

The FIDO Alliance was formed in 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among authentication technologies by creating standards for simpler, stronger authentication that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce reliance on passwords.

Also Wednesday, Cypress introduced a high-performance programmable clock generator family said to simplify the design of consumer and networking systems. The new CY27410 4-PLL (phase-locked loop) clock generator can generate up to 12 programmable output frequencies on a single chip with best-in-class jitter performance and also saves board space and reduces bill-of-material costs by consolidating system components, Cypress said.

Questions or comments on this story? Contact dylan.mcgrath@globalspec.com.

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