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Synaptics Intros SecurePad for Notebooks

Synaptics integrates validity's new VFS 201 Fingerprint Sensor with the TouchPad in an elegant and design-friendly style

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA), a leading developer of interface solutions for mobile computing, communications, and entertainment devices, today announced its second generation of SecurePad(TM), a biometric TouchPad solution created for notebooks.

Synaptics' exclusive partnership with Validity Sensors, Inc. allows Synaptics to offer TouchPad interface solutions that incorporate Validity's LiveFlex(TM) fingerprint sensing technology for convenient and reliable biometric security in the notebook market. The latest SecurePad is based on Validity's smaller VFS 201 sensor, offering even further integration with the touchpad and therefore more flexibility for the notebook market customers from a design and ergonomics standpoint. The VFS 201 is also based on Validity's breakthrough LiveFlex technology that offers the industry's most durable, accurate and reliable fingerprint solution. Designed to be compatible with industry's most recognized standard software solutions, SecurePad offers OEMs complete design flexibility to customize security solutions to meet their specific requirements for the corporate and consumer markets.

Synaptics incorporates the Validity VFS201 sensor into the touchpad design for a totally integrated solution. This completely flexible solution offers OEMs with built-to-order or customize-to-order options from Synaptics without having to source the technology from multiple suppliers. With the LiveFlex sensor, users simply swipe their finger over a durable plastic surface to enter login information, provide identification and view secure data, eliminating the need to remember multiple usernames and passwords. In addition, the LiveFlex sensor solves design challenges of current fingerprint sensors by separating the interface from the silicon, dramatically increasing sensor resistance to electrostatic discharge (ESD).

"Today's announcement enhances Synaptics' leadership position in the notebook market by offering corporate customers and consumers reliable, easy-to-integrate security solutions like SecurePad," explained Mark Vena, Vice President of the PC Business Unit of Synaptics. "Our exclusive partnership with Validity allows us to offer best in class security solutions that meet the expanding needs of notebook OEMs and addresses the growing importance of protecting and securing data in the PC market."

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