Fujitsu Ships "World's First" Waterproof Cell Phone with Fingerprint Sensor Security

Jan 19, 2009
Nikkei Electronics Asia
F-01A with AuthenTec Fingerprint Sensor
F-01A with AuthenTec Fingerprint Sensor
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AuthenTec, a provider of fingerprint sensors and solutions, has announced that NTT DoCoMo is now offering the Fujitsu F-01A, claimed to be the world's first fingerprint-enabled waterproof cell phone. The cell phone uses AuthenTec's TouchStone packaging and incorporates its TrueNav technology for touchpad-like navigational control via AuthenTec's AES1711 fingerprint sensor.

The F-01A is based on a Symbian operating system and features a 3.5-inch widescreen VGA touchscreen display, 5.2-Mpixel camera with autofocus, built-in GPS using Mobile Google Maps with Street View, e-Wallet mobile payment capability, and a 1-Seg mobile TV tuner.

The waterproof cell phone meets IPX5 and IPX7 specifications, making it capable of submersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The TouchStone package allows for easy integration into various waterproof industrial design configurations by providing the durability and water resistance required for this class of handset. TouchStone technology extends the durability of AuthenTec sensors by tripling the protective coating over the fingerprint sensor die.

The AES1711 is based on TruePrint technology that reads below the surface of the skin to the live layer where a person's true fingerprint resides. This subsurface approach enables AuthenTec sensors to read virtually every fingerprint, every time -- a critical requirement in any fingerprint-enabled device.

In addition, the sensor also combines TrueNav menu navigation features, TrueFinger anti-spoofing security, and TrueMatch pattern matching to ensure high level of security, usability and convenience.