Atmel Corporation, a developer of microcontroller and touch technology, has partnered up with Sweden-based biometrics developer Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC) to collaborate on biometric touchscreen technology for smart devices. The partnership will see Atmel’s maXTouch technolgy combined with FPC’s line of fingerprint sensors.
It’s a partnership aimed squarely at OEMs in a market increasingly driven by heightening security concerns related to the skyrocketing use of mobile devices and consumer demand for a high-performance user experience; in a press release, the companies note that their “joint solution accelerates an OEM’s time-to-market by bringing must-have high-performance security and user interface solutions from two leading providers.”
Moreover, the companies are angling to position their offerings for applications in the burgeoning Internet of Things. As Stan Wearingen, a VP with Atmel, notes, “Biometric fingerprint security is the next leap towards a more differentiated touchscreen device in the era of the Internet of Things where more secure, smart and connected devices are powering the world.” Indeed, security experts have been warning about the unique dangers posed by an increasingly connected world of smart devices, and it’s definitely becoming a major concern in the industry. The companies certainly seem headed in the right direction in positioning themselves and their new partnership.