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Symwave and Cogent to Provide High-Performance Fingerprint Sensors

January 5, 2007

The partnership will result in the integration of image-reconstruction algorithms and biometric devices for the consumer electronics, PC, and mobile device markets.


SAN DIEGO, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Symwave Inc. and Cogent Systems announced an agreement to integrate Cogent's world-class image-reconstruction technology directly into Symwave's biometric hardware products. The combined solution of Cogent's image reconstruction and Symwave's sensors will enable consumer electronics, PC, and mobile device manufacturers to integrate high-performance biometric security and convenience features into their high-volume applications, targeting the consumer and enterprise markets.

Under this agreement, Cogent's world-class fingerprint reconstruction algorithms will initially be integrated into Symwave's BioPrint SW6888 fingerprint swipe sensor product offerings. Symwave's BioPrint SW6888 sensor is a high-performance fingerprint solution targeting low-power, small form-factor portable and peripheral devices. Symwave currently offers SW6888-based reference design solutions for the portable storage, notebook/PC peripherals and application markets. Cogent is a world leader in biometric identification solutions, ranging from nationally distributed network Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems, enterprise solutions, licensing, and custom biometric designs.

"Cogent's proven and robust fingerprint-reconstruction technology and leading intellectual property position in the biometrics market combined with Symwave's high-performance BioPrint sensor family and expansive portfolio of reference designs will create leading biometric solutions for the marketplace. This will enable our customers to deploy biometric systems within their products with the assurance they are using the highest performance, most reliable solutions available," said Sudhakar Avula, Director of Marketing, Biometrics Products at Symwave.

"Our image reconstruction algorithm is specifically tailored to enhance image quality of the fingerprint capture from the Symwave's BioPrint swipe sensor," said Christopher Crump, Director of Commercial Business at Cogent. "We believe that high image quality is the primary foundation for reliable and cost-effective fingerprint biometric solutions for the high-volume portable storage devices and PC peripheral markets."

About Cogent Systems Inc.
Cogent is a leading provider of Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) and other fingerprint biometric solutions to governments, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations worldwide. Cogent's AFIS solutions enable customers to capture fingerprint images electronically, encode fingerprints into searchable files, and accurately compare a set of fingerprints to a database containing potentially millions of fingerprints in seconds. For more information, please visit the company's Web site.

About Symwave
Symwave Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops, and markets high-performance, low-power analog front-end ICs, leveraging its proprietary mixed-signal technology and silicon design capabilities. A leading supplier of high-performance analog/mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the PC, electronics, and mobile device markets, privately held Symwave was founded in 2001, with headquarters in San Diego, CA, and offices in southern China. For more information, please visit the company's Web site.


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