IDEX Biometrics – Let’s Talk Hardware

Welcome to our second Let’s Talk post on how IDEX Biometrics is more than just a component supplier in the biometric fingerprint sensor space. In this post, Peter Kollig, Senior Director of Engineering, Systems Architecture at IDEX Biometrics, discusses the hardware components of the biometric platform.

The hardware components of the IDEX Biometrics platform consists of the following:

  • The Secure Element (SE) provided by our preferred SE partners, (CEC Huada, Infineon, ST Microelectronics, Fudan Microelectronics and Tsinghua Tongfang) which the customer uses with the appropriate SE Card Operating System (COS)
  • A Biometric Micro-Controller Unit (B-MCU), which is an off-the-shelf ultra-low powered MCU
  • The Fingerprint Sensor or Fingerprint Sensor Module – our off-chip sensor using our flexible polymer substrate with the IDEX proprietary Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC)
  • The IDEX system powered from the Near Field Communication (NFC) unit (no batteries or super-cap required). Our Power Management (PM) hardware harvests energy from the NFC antenna, rectifies the antenna voltage, and provides a regulated supply to the B-MCU and the sensor. The PM hardware provides rectified antenna voltage to B-MCU to enable software-based PM.

As part of our solution, we provide schematics, Gerber files, SE software and a complete set of documents. This provides a comprehensive, all-around solution designed to meet the needs of every customer.

Each of these key points is a factor in the development of IDEX’s biometric fingerprint platform and solutions and provides ample opportunity for growth and development, a philosophy that IDEX fully embraces. With a goal of user accessibility and ease of use, bringing biometrics to new sectors has become a key focus of the company. These advances in technology have come from significant efforts, including testing and piloting the solutions in a variety of situations where they provide significant benefits to our customers.

The future of the biometric fingerprint sensor market is ripe with possibility, and we look forward to advancing the technology and help it grow into a commonly used and trusted means of identification and authentication.

The previous post in our series on more than a component supplier gave an overview of how IDEX Biometrics Offers a Comprehensive and Different Approach.