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AuthenTec Biometric Security Available on New Toshiba Notebook Computer


MELBOURNE, FL, October 31, 2005 -- Biometric fingerprint sensors from AuthenTec, the leader in fingerprint sensor innovation and sales for more than five years, are adding advanced security and convenient password management to the Toshiba America Information Systems, Digital Products Division s newest notebook computer-- the Tecra® S3.

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division again selected AuthenTec’s EntréPad 2501A slide sensor for the Tecra® S3 notebook computer -- Toshiba’s third biometric computer featuring AuthenTec’s biometric fingerprint sensors.

“Toshiba’s selection of our award-winning technology for its third biometric computer demonstrates the value that the company places on providing its customers with advanced security and convenient password management,” said Tom Aebli, director of PC segment marketing for AuthenTec.

“Data security and preservation are critical issues for today’s computer buyer. With its advanced biometrics, the Tecra S3 will be an essential product for businesses and mobile professionals who want to be protected by the latest security innovations,” said Jeff Barney, vice president of marketing, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems.

According to a CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey, total notebook theft losses for 2004 increased to more than $6.7 million; translated, the average company loss due to laptop theft is more than $47,000.

The Tecra S3 includes several levels of security to help defend itself against unauthorized access, data theft and virtual attacks. One level is the incorporation of AuthenTec’s integrated biometric fingerprint reader, which allows the user to replace typing in the login information with a swipe of their finger to access the notebook. Large and small businesses will appreciate the ability to implement complex password schemes to maintain the integrity of secured data and applications. On an individual basis users can benefit from the simplicity of password management for quick and easy access to the system and data.

Another level, the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), is an embedded security chipset and software application that stores encryption keys, passwords and user credentials to ensure that data cannot be accessed or seen by anyone but an authorized user.

As a third level, Toshiba offers an accessory called HDLock for Toshiba notebooks, which combines a USB A-Key® along with a personal password to act as the key to the notebook. HDLock for Toshiba notebooks helps ensure the hard drive remains encrypted and inaccessible at system boot up, hibernation or shut down to anyone but the owner of the unique A-Key® and password.

The Tecra S3 is now available through Toshiba Direct ( ) and the company’s Reseller Partners with pricing starting at $1,599 with a one-year limited warranty. Toshiba earlier this year incorporated AuthenTec’s technology into its Portégé® R200 and libretto® U100 notebook computers as part of their 20th anniversary celebration introductions.

AuthenTec sensors are widely used in notebook and tablet PCs to provide advanced security and to replace the need for passwords -- allowing authorized users to easily and quickly access their files by simply touching or sliding their finger across the sensor surface, while restricting access to the computer and its files to only those enrolled. This reduces the risk of theft or fraud. AuthenTec sensors also make PCs easier to use by enabling users to quickly open applications, switch desktop applications, or scroll through menus at the simple swipe of their finger.

About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of three divisions: Digital Products, Digital Solutions and Storage Device. Together, the three divisions provide mobile products and solutions, Internet access plans, communications, storage and imaging products and services. Products include industry-leading portable computers, projectors, DVD/CD recordable products and hard disk drives, telephony products, digital imaging systems, wireless solutions and services. TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independently operated company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, a world leader in high technology and integrated manufacturing of electrical and electronic components, products and systems. Toshiba has global sales of over $52 billion and more than 300 subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at

About AuthenTec

With more than five million sensors in use worldwide, AuthenTec is the world leader in fingerprint sensor 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 company’s 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 company s network of partners, solution providers and customers include: Analog Devices, APC, Compal, Cherry, Fujitsu Computer, Computer Associates, HP, IBM, LGE, Microsoft, Motion Computing, NEC Packard Bell, Pantech, Quanta, Samsung, Tatung, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, and Wistron, among others. Visit

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Editors Note:

A photograph of Toshiba’s Tecra S3 and AuthenTec’s EntréPad 2501A fingerprint sensor are available upon request.


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