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Design tool eases rapid prototyping for added security

21 Jan 2016

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Avnet Inc. and Microsemi Corp. have revealed that Avnet has updated its design software on the SmartFusion2 KickStart development kit to deliver a data security demonstration. Exclusively through Avnet, the kit is an entry-level development platform geared to streamline rapid prototyping using Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs.

SmartFusion2 KickStart development kit

SmartFusion2 KickStart development kit

The SmartFusion2 KickStart development kit's board features Microsemi's low-power, single event upset (SEU)-immune SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA, a secure and integrated programmable device with 10,000 logic elements and a 166MHz ARM Cortex-M3 processor. The kit is intended for customers using Microsemi's SmartFusion2 in Internet of Things (IoT), industrial networked equipment, medical networked products and other applications that require the highest levels of data communications security. A Windows app is used to control and view the steps to establish a secure Bluetooth Low Energy connection between a SmartFusion2 'server' and an Android 'client.'

Features of the SmartFusion2 KickStart development kit data security demonstration include: basic terminology for key usage and management; using certificates and public key infrastructure; establishing a secure channel using the Diffie-Hellman key agreement; and using symmetric keys once authentication has completed.

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