IDEX Biometrics has officially announced the next generation of its TrustedBio fingerprint sensor solution for biometric cards. Billing it as the second product in the TrustedBio line, the company has made the new “TrustedBio Max” available for sampling.
Like the original TrustedBio solution, TrustedBio Max integrates a proprietary ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) into the module to enable biometric functionality and encryption. This negates the need for a separate biometric microcontroller, reducing the cost and complexity of the production process for card manufacturers.
IDEX says the TrustedBio Max can perform biometric processing in 250 milliseconds, and that its Arm Cortex-M3 32-bit processor can operate at a speed of up to 200 MHz. Its power efficiency exceeds EMV specifications, and it features anti-spoofing algorithms.
“This new addition delivers unsurpassed performance, while pushing the boundaries of lower card development and manufacturing costs,” asserted IDEX Biometrics CEO Vince Graziani. “TrustedBio Max is intended to be highly complementary to today’s most popular, low-cost SEs, allowing for rapid card design by the broadest range of smart card manufacturers.”
IDEX announced the first TrustedBio solution in February of last year, anticipating growing demand from card makers as the biometric card concept continued to gain traction. In March of 2021, IDEX announced that it was moving forward with mass production of the solution, and in May Mr. Graziani proclaimed that his firm was seeing “demand acceleration” from the smart card market as IDEX received its latest volume order for the TrustedBio sensor.
IDEX Biometrics says it plans to bring TrustedBio Max into the mass production phase by the end of the third quarter of this year.