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SFC solution uses NSA-approved Cyclone III LS FPGA

15 Nov 2011

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Altera Corp. has demonstrated its single-FPGA cryptography (SFC) solutions that leverage the Cyclone III LS FPGA. The device was approved in May 2011 by the National Security Agency (NSA) for use in type 1 cryptographic systems. According to the company, the Cyclone III LS FPGA meet the high-assurance and high-reliability requirements of both commercial and military systems because of its security features that include design separation capabilities, tools and security IP.

Altera added that the Cyclone III LS EP3CLS200 FPGAs are the lowest power, highest functionality FPGA to pass the NSA's stringent cryptographic evaluation process. The product consumes less than a quarter watt of static power and offers 200K logic elements (LEs), giving the advantage of longer operation in battery-powered products. It addresses today's cryptographic system requirements by offering security features for single-chip encryption and decryption. These features include AES encrypted bitstream protection, key storage and tamper monitoring capabilities, the company said.

The Cyclone III LS FPGAs offer an integrated cryptography tool flow through Altera's Quartus II software that allows customers to build design separation into their SFC solution. The design separation flow can also be used in other high-reliability applications, such as industrial safety, DO-254 for commercial avionics and NIST FIPS-140 for commercial cryptography, according to the company.

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