AuthenTec announced that its TouchStone fingerprint sensor packaging technology will enable future generations of waterproof cell phones. This new waterproof packaging technology is AuthenTec’s newest fingerprint sensor packaging alternative for today’s cell phone manufacturers.
The leading cause of cell phone returns not covered under warranty is damage from exposure to excess moisture or immersion in water or other liquids, AuthenTec states. Driven by consumer demand for more rugged water-resistant designs, leading cellular handset manufacturers including Casio, Fujitsu, LG and Toshiba have introduced waterproof cell phones, many of which are capable of submersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. AuthenTec’s TouchStone package enables for integration into different waterproof industrial design configurations that provides the durability and water resistance required for this new class of handsets.