Breaking News
News & Analysis

Apple to acquire fingerprint chip firm Authentec

7/30/2012 05:37 PM EDT
12 comments
NO RATINGS
More Related Links
View Comments: Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
yalanand
User Rank
Rookie
re: Apple to acquire fingerprint chip firm Authentec
yalanand   8/6/2012 4:43:30 AM
NO RATINGS
So will we see finger print sensors embedded in future iPhones ? Will this prompt Samsung and other android phones to also work on providing the same feature ?

MClayton0
User Rank
CEO
re: Apple to acquire fingerprint chip firm Authentec
MClayton0   7/31/2012 8:08:31 PM
NO RATINGS
Anything the makes mour stuff secure with fewer false negatives would be worth a lot of money. More IP wars coming perhaps? Or price increases for competitors using their sensors? Its always about the money and market share war games.

moxbox
User Rank
Rookie
re: Apple to acquire fingerprint chip firm Authentec
moxbox   7/31/2012 6:28:13 PM
NO RATINGS
Authentec makes some of the best biometric sensors, and used on many laptops. Mine works reliably with a single swipe, and is much faster than typing a secure password. The other technology that Apple gets is their enterprise security software, which Apple can use to help secure their "cloud" based servers. This was a very smart acquisition by Apple, and should benefit both companies greatly.

junko.yoshida
User Rank
Blogger
re: Apple to acquire fingerprint chip firm Authentec
junko.yoshida   7/31/2012 2:42:51 PM
NO RATINGS
Actually, in the past, Authentic did provide its fingerprint recognition chip to Fujitsu, and Fujitsu offered PCs with that capability. (many years ago, though) When I interviewed Authentic's then CEO, he said that the accuracy is not the real issue with any security products. The more important is to figure out the right level of security -- in order to decrease the false negatives. Nothing turns off consumers, if their fingerprint fails at their own personal computer.

elctrnx_lyf
User Rank
Manager
re: Apple to acquire fingerprint chip firm Authentec
elctrnx_lyf   7/31/2012 6:55:09 AM
NO RATINGS
Integrating finger print sensors into iPhone sounds really new. This could be something to look out for in the recent future.

eewiz
User Rank
CEO
re: Apple to acquire fingerprint chip firm Authentec
eewiz   7/31/2012 3:08:24 AM
NO RATINGS
Haha I have thought about this also. I think the reason is speed and reliability. Inorder to reliably detect the user, it would take ~10 sec + multiple misdetections sometimes which add to the time. You can type the password in less than 5sec. So users never uses the FP sensor. Same problem with the Face recognition login. By integrating something like this into the home button, the phone can sense continually(while doing normal tasks) whether the phone is in different hands and may mitigate this problem to some extent.

chanj0
User Rank
CEO
re: Apple to acquire fingerprint chip firm Authentec
chanj0   7/31/2012 2:27:39 AM
NO RATINGS
What is so special of Authentec that draws Apple interest?

GREAT-Terry
User Rank
CEO
re: Apple to acquire fingerprint chip firm Authentec
GREAT-Terry   7/31/2012 2:01:32 AM
NO RATINGS
I think the reliability of fingerprint recognition is high, provided the sensor is built right. We all see fingerprint recognition systems in immigration department and it is almost the basic tool to identify a person. However, it may not be the case yet in portable machine. I've used fingerprint built-in my laptop a few years ago and sometimes it just failed to recognize my finger well! Maybe there is more breakthrough coming after Apple's acquisition.

Oprimus Lime
User Rank
Rookie
re: Apple to acquire fingerprint chip firm Authentec
Oprimus Lime   7/30/2012 10:50:13 PM
NO RATINGS
I'd say there's an almost certain probability that the acquisition will NOT bring back Steve Jobs!

Luis Sanchez
User Rank
Rookie
re: Apple to acquire fingerprint chip firm Authentec
Luis Sanchez   7/30/2012 8:47:59 PM
NO RATINGS
This acquisition lets us have a glimpse of the future. However, considering the present, I wonder why the use of fingerprint sensors isn't as popular. I mean, I've been using laptops for quite sometime now and have always relied on typing the security password. Why aren't we using the fingerprint yet? Is this technology like speech recognition, unreliable?

Page 1 / 2   >   >>
August Cartoon Caption Winner!
August Cartoon Caption Winner!
"All the King's horses and all the KIng's men gave up on Humpty, so they handed the problem off to Engineering."
5 comments
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed
Flash Poll
Radio
NEXT UPCOMING BROADCAST
How to Cope with a Burpy Comet
October 17, 2pm EDT Friday
EE Times Editorial Director Karen Field interviews Andrea Accomazzo, Flight Director for the Rosetta Spacecraft.