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ASUS Adds New AuthenTec Fingerprint Sensor to Second PC; Biometrics Provide Extreme Security for New Notebook PCs


TAIPEI, Taiwan/MELBOURNE, Florida, June 26, 2006 -- ASUS, one of the leading providers of advanced mobile computing technology, has become the first manufacturer to introduce multiple PCs using AuthenTec’s new EntréPad 1610 -- adding the sensor to its second notebook PC in the past month.

ASUS added the newest sensor from AuthenTec -- the world leader in fingerprint sensor security, innovation and sales -- to its new F2 notebook PC. The EntréPad 1610 is integrated with the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) as part of ASUS’ total security management solution that protects data integrity via both software and hardware features. The sensor is an integral part of the trusted security chain -- from initial authentication through the entire TPM security platform.

ASUS recently became the first manufacturer to take advantage of the EntréPad 1610’s small size and extreme security in an ultra-mobile PC when it integrated the sensor into its new R2H Ultra-Mobile PC.

The EntréPad 1610 replaces the need for passwords -- allowing authorized users to easily and quickly access their favorite computer applications or internet web sites by simply sliding their finger across the sensor surface. At the same time, the sensor restricts access to the computer and its files to only those enrolled -- reducing the risk of theft or fraud.

Launched in January 2006, the EntréPad 1610 is based on AuthenTec’s patented TruePrint and TrueMatch technologies, which provide the highest quality fingerprint imaging and matching -- enabling the company’s extremely small sensors to provide higher accuracy and reliability than even much larger competitive sensors.

The EntréPad 1610 also is the first sensor architected to leverage the breadth of existing industry security platforms -- including the Trusted Computing Group’s (TCG) version 1.2 Trusted Platform Module (TPM) specifications and Microsoft Vista Secure Startup -- and future platforms such as Intel’s LaGrande technology. Leveraging these platforms provides the most trusted security and helps ensure that the sensor meets future industry standards.

AuthenTec’s fingerprint sensor plays a fundamental role in PC protection, enabling ASUS notebook users to implement our total security solution in the most convenient manner, said ASUS’ Global Notebook Manager David Kao. We selected AuthenTec’s EntréPad 1610 because it represents the most trusted security in the smallest solution on the market.

We are excited that Asus is pioneering the use of small, trusted fingerprint sensors to provide advanced security for their newest PCs. The EntréPad 1610’s small size and extreme security are perfect additions to notebook, tablet or desktop PCs, said Tom Tombler, manager of PC segment market development for AuthenTec.

About ASUS

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (TSE:2357) is a leading provider of 3C total solutions. Its product portfolio includes notebooks, motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, information appliances, desktop PCs, servers, wireless solutions, mobile phones and networking devices. With world-class engineering and offices and subsidiaries located in all corners of the world, ASUSTeK provides innovative solutions to consumers, businesses and OEM/ODM customers, and has won 1706 awards in 2005, with recognition in design excellence from iF Gold Award, while ranks in the tops of Business Week InfoTech for the 8th straight year. The company is the perennial leader of the motherboard and graphics card industries and a top 4 maker globally for notebooks.

About AuthenTec

With more than nine million sensors in use worldwide, AuthenTec is the world leader in fingerprint sensor security, innovation and sales to the PC, wireless, and access control markets. AuthenTec’s award-winning FingerLoc® and EntréPad® sensors take full advantage of The Power of Touch" by utilizing the companys patented TruePrint® technology to deliver the most convenient, reliable and cost-effective means available for enabling touch-powered features that extend beyond user authentication. The companys network of partners, solution providers and customers include: Analog Devices, APC, ASUSTek, Compal, Cherry, Fujitsu Computer, Computer Associates, HP, IBM, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Motion Computing, MPC, NEC Packard Bell, Pantech, Quanta, Samsung, Tatung, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, and Wistron, among others. Visit


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