“ARM TrustZone is a mature and established technology found in the vast majority of smartphone application processors today,” said Sebastien Taveau, CTO of Validity, in a statement.
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. Further, natural ID fingerprint sensors provide a robust platform for addressing the explosive growth in mobile payment transactions and cloud-based services.
The way this technology work is by authenticating a user by their unique human characteristics such as fingerprint, voice, and face. These fingerprints have been proven to provide the best combination of effectiveness, cost, and usability. By 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 devices.
“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,” Brown commented.
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.
Back in October, Validity Sensors Inc. revealed that it has secured approval for $20 million in Series E financing. The first closing of $10 million occurred on October 4th, 2012 and was led by TeleSoft Partners, along with full participation from existing investors, including Crosslink Capital, Panorama Capital, Qualcomm (News - Alert) Ventures, and Venture Tech Associates.