AuthenTec, Inc., a biometric semiconductor products company, and Delphi have entered into a strategic agreement to develop a fingerprint security solution for the automotive industry.

This collaborative process, sponsored by Delphi, will initially integrate AuthenTec's EntrePad(TM) AES4000 fingerprint sensor into an existing reference design platform. AuthenTec will develop and port its sensor control and matching algorithms to this platform and Delphi will develop the overall system requirements and hardware architecture and will handle vehicle integration of the product.

The AuthenTec EntrePad AES4000 sensor utilises TruePrint(TM) technology to read beyond the surface layer of the skin to the live layer where the true fingerprint resides. Unlike surface-based optical, thermal, and DC capacitive technologies, TruePrint is not affected by common skin surface conditions such as dry, worn, callused, oily, or dirty skin which can affect the sensor's ability to acquire accurate fingerprint images.

"Delphi and AuthenTec are working together to develop a practical and highly reliable biometric security product for use in automobiles," said Delphi Advanced Engineering group officials in Wiehl, Germany.

After a successful integration, the two companies will proceed with the application and production phases of their agreement.

"Our work with Delphi validates our TruePrint technology and ongoing commitment to provide the best fingerprint sensors on the market," said Scott Moody, President and CEO of AuthenTec. "AuthenTec's sensors will enable Delphi to deploy a secure, cost-competitive biometric security solution for the automobile industry."