LG Launches New Biometrics-Enabled Cell Phone in Korea

September 13, 2004 - Cell phone users in Korea for the first time can now use the most convenient form of security -- fingerprint biometrics -- to protect their valued communication devices and conduct wireless banking services.

LG Telecom, one of the largest wireless network operators in Korea, recently launched its first biometric cell phone - the LP3800 - which features the newest fingerprint sensor from AuthenTec, the recognized number one semiconductor provider of fingerprint sensors to the global market. With the simple swipe of a finger, AuthenTec's tiny AES2510 sensor quickly identifies and enables authorized users to access the phone's full capabilities - while locking out thieves and stopping others from accessing the phones important files.

This is especially important given that LG's latest high-end mobile phone offers a broad range of advanced features including an MP3 player with stereo speakers, a mega-pixel camera, GPS location and data services, and BankON mobile-banking capabilities that allow authorized users to wirelessly access and perform BankON account transactions using their cell phones.

The AuthenTec fingerprint swipe sensor was integrated with the LP3800's Qualcomm MSM6100 base band processor, which is one of the most widespread CDMA base band processors in the market today.

"As BankON gained popularity, the level of security for cell phones has been an issue. We are proud to introduce our LP3800, as it ensures the protection of the personal information," said Yoon June Weon, chief marketing officer at LG Telecom. "Also, the biometric technology allows users to securely use their handsets without having to type in pin numbers repetitively. It is much more convenient to protect their personal data."

"AuthenTec's new swipe sensors were designed to provide the most convenient form of personal security for cell phones and a wide range of other devices," said Scott Moody, president and CEO of AuthenTec. "With the LP3800's advanced features and mobile-commerce capabilities, this added level of security provides important protection and clearly sets this phone apart."

Unlike other fingerprint technologies, AuthenTec's TruePrint technology allows fingerprints to be read below the surface of the skin to the live layer -- or true fingerprint. As such, TruePrint is not affected by common skin surface conditions including dry, worn, calloused, dirty or oily skin that can affect other sensors' ability to acquire accurate fingerprint images for user authentication purposes. Uniquely, TruePrint is the only fingerprint sensor technology capable of acquiring everyone's fingerprint under virtually any condition.

The AES25xx family sets new standards for being the smallest, most advanced, lowest cost, and lowest power fingerprint slide sensors in the biometrics industry. The AES25xx's ultra-small package is optimized to ease the design challenges of today's mobile devices and other small form-factor products. The AES25xx provides convenient security for: physical devices; sensitive information such as personal and professional data; password replacement for Web and network login; and mobile commerce transactions.