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UPEK Announces Support For Windows 7 Beta

Biometrics company also makes available prerelease drivers and a version of Protector Suite software using the new Windows Biometric Framework, Dustin Ingalls, Rob Blau

Emeryville, CA - January 8, 2009 - UPEK(r), Inc., the global leader in biometric fingerprint security solutions, announces support for Windows 7 beta and the availability of pre-release drivers and a version of Protector Suite(r) software using the new Windows Biometric Framework (WBF).

New UPEK Windows Biometric Driver Interface (WBDI) drivers are now currently available for Windows 7 beta customers. The pre-release Protector Suite software utilizing the Windows Biometric Framework is available for download from http://www.upek.com/win7. The new software and drivers support the tens of millions of notebooks in the market with UPEK fingerprint sensors as well as the award winning Eikon Digital Privacy Manager from UPEK.

"Microsoft recognizes the widespread adoption of fingerprint biometric devices and has invested in creating the Windows Biometric Framework in Windows 7 to natively support fingerprint biometrics within Windows," said Dustin Ingalls, Director of Program Management: Windows Core Operating System Division. "UPEK has demonstrated leadership in the biometrics industry by working closely with Microsoft to fully support the Windows Biometric Framework with its hardware and software at the release of Windows 7 Beta.

"The Windows Biometric Framework in Windows 7 enables a more consistent user experience, better interoperability and a new level of support for fingerprint biometrics within the Windows operating system," said Rob Blau UPEK's VP Development. "UPEK has invested to support the Windows 7 Beta with our hardware and software and looks forward to continuing to work closely with Microsoft though the Windows 7 release."

UPEK is working closely with its leading PC and Eikon Digital Privacy Manager customers in preparation for Windows 7. UPEK believes that both end users and the PC manufactures will greatly benefit from a better user experience that is enabled with the Windows Biometric Framework in Windows 7.

About UPEK

UPEK, Inc. is the global leader in enterprise and consumer biometric fingerprint solutions. UPEK authentication hardware and software are integrated into laptops from the world's top five largest PC makers, as well as USB flash drives, external hard disk drives, and mobile phones from leading manufacturers. UPEK's ecosystem of over 150 hardware and software partners enables strong authentication solutions for market verticals including healthcare, banking, education, and government. UPEK offers the only silicon-based fingerprint sensor that is FIPS 201 certified for authentication of over 10 million US government employees and contractors. UPEK also provides consumer packaged goods including the CES award-winning Eikon(r) Digital Privacy Manager, the only fingerprint reader on the market that supports PCs and Macs. UPEK products make your digital world safe and personal. For more info, visit www.upek.com.

UPEK, the UPEK logo, Protector Suite and Eikon are registered trademarks of UPEK, Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

Contact:

Amanda Munroe SHIFT Communications for UPEK +1-617-779-1816 [email protected]

Steve Hahm +1-510-420-2630

[email protected]

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