Cypress joins the FIDO Alliance

Feb. 25, 2015

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today announced it has joined the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance, an industry consortium revolutionizing online authentication with standards-based specifications. Cypress is designing its upcoming fingerprint reader solution to meet FIDO standards. FIDO members commit to share technology and collaborate to deliver open specifications for universal authentication methods that are interoperable, more secure and private, and easier to use. FIDO specifications enable biometric identity verification that protects sensitive user information and eliminates the need for inconvenient passwords.

In 2014, Cypress announced a strategic partnership with IDEX ASA to produce fingerprint reader solutions. Cypress will offer the solutions alongside its capacitive touch-sensing portfolio, which includes TrueTouch touchscreen controllers and CapSense touch-sensing controllers. Cypress will be showcasing its extensive portfolio of programmable, touch, and capacitive sensing solutions for wearables and the Internet of Things at the Mobile World Congress 2015 from March 2-5 in Barcelona.

“We are excited to welcome our newest sponsor member Cypress,” said Dustin Ingalls, FIDO Alliance president. “The FIDO vision of universal strong authentication promises better security, enhanced privacy, more commerce, and expansion of services throughout digital industries. Cypress’s addition to our Alliance supports our industry goal to make user authentication easier and safer for all parties.”

“Joining the FIDO Alliance marks another significant step in the development of our fingerprint reader solutions,” said Hassane El-Khoury, executive vice president of the programmable solutions division at Cypress. “Along with our expertise with capacitive touch-sensing technology and the broad adoption of our extensive touch portfolio for mobile devices and other applications, our FIDO membership positions Cypress to make quick inroads in the fingerprint reader market. We envision a very strong product roadmap that will meet the rapidly growing demand for personal security.”

The FIDO Alliance ( was formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication technologies and to remedy the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords.

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Rick Nelson | Contributing Editor

Rick is currently Contributing Technical Editor. He was Executive Editor for EE in 2011-2018. Previously he served on several publications, including EDN and Vision Systems Design, and has received awards for signed editorials from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He began as a design engineer at General Electric and Litton Industries and earned a BSEE degree from Penn State.

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