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Validity Joins ARM TrustZone Ready Enablement Program to Support Common Security Framework Across Mobile Devices


Validity Sensors Inc., the leader in Natural ID™ authentication, today announced that is has joined the ARM® TrustZone™ Ready enablement program. Validity's Natural ID fingerprint sensors provide a robust platform for addressing the explosive growth in mobile payment transactions and cloud-based services. Natural ID authenticates a user by their unique human characteristics such as fingerprint, voice, and face. Of these, fingerprints have been proven to provide the best combination of effectiveness, cost, and usability. Aligning Validity's sensors with ARM TrustZone technology provides a standards-based platform for smartphone and tablet OEMs to easily integrate fingerprint authentication into a secure environment not subject to the vulnerabilities of the high-level operating systems found on today's smart devices.

“ARM TrustZone is a mature and established technology found in the vast majority of smartphone application processors today,” said Sebastien Taveau, CTO of Validity. “The inclusion of Validity sensors into a TrustZone environment helps ensure the security and integrity of wireless devices, which is absolutely crucial in today's rich application environment.”

“Natural ID, especially the use of fingerprints, provides a simple, effective way of validating the user of a mobile device,” said Robert Brown, director of marketing, secure services division, ARM. "We are pleased that Validity has joined the TrustZone Ready Program to drive further innovation in this critical security architecture. TrustZone technology provides an ideal security foundation for simplifying deployment of fingerprint recognition by enabling sensitive biometric processing on a fast ARM Cortex™-A series applications processor. This provides a simpler, faster user experience.”

To support this new agreement, on October 31, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. PST, Validity CTO, Sebastien Taveau will participate in an expert panel at ARM TechCon 2012, at the Santa Clara Convention Center:

  • TH-01 Expert Panel: Real-World Security in Real-World Devices

About Validity

Headquartered in San Jose, California, Validity is the world leader in Natural ID™ authentication, providing fingerprint sensors with the highest levels of performance, security, cost-effectiveness, and design flexibility.

Validity's patented LiveFlex® fingerprint sensor technology enables authentication, mobile payments, and touch-based navigation for applications ranging from invisible, under-glass sensors for smartphones; buttons for handsets and tablets; and the world's thinnest palm-rest designs for Ultrabook™ computers. For more information, visit

Caitlin Regan, 415-905-4008
Validity Sensors, Inc.
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