Xilinx and NSA Announce Approval of Virtex-5Q FPGA Solution for High-Grade Cryptographic Processing

Single chip crypto (SCC) family and related physical security IP core pass extensive qualification process, extend Xilinx leadership in A&D applications

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) today announced that the latest version of its high-performance programmable solution for high assurance applications in the aerospace and defense (A&D) industries has been approved for use in Type 1 Crypto Systems by the National Security Agency (NSA). The approval of the Virtex®-5Q device and related physical security IP core, which together help form the Xilinx® Targeted Design Platform for secure communications, extends an on-going relationship between the NSA and Xilinx, and underscores the company's 20-year track record of meeting the rigorous demands of the A&D industry.

The successful results of the exhaustive testing of the company's second generation secure communications offering allow the FPGA leader to provide lower cost, lower power and more flexible solutions to developers needing to meet the demanding requirements of high-grade cryptographic processing applications, including the requirements set forth by the Department of Defense's (DoD) Crypto Modernization initiatives.

The approval covers critical elements of the Virtex-5Q device secure communications Targeted Design Platform. The solution provides a single chip crypto (SCC) design methodology and a newly-released Security Monitor 2.0 IP core for physical design security. SCC combines the functionality of multiple FPGAs into a single device, enabling A&D product developers to reduce the size, weight, power and cost (SWAP-C) of systems through higher levels of integration. The complete solution also includes dual embedded PowerPC® 440 processors, tamper-proofing capabilities and Xilinx' isolation verification tool.

Key to the NSA approval is the ability of the Virtex-5Q solution and associated methodology to isolate user functionality within a single device. The NSA completed a fail-safe analysis effort for the Virtex-5Q family to confirm that the Xilinx SCC technology allows individual regions of the FPGA to be isolated from each other in the event of failure through accidental or intentional means. The proven SCC design flow and verification process, first pioneered and developed by Xilinx in cooperation with NSA, provides higher levels of integration and increased system reliability. Although designed to meet NSA requirements, the SCC solution provides isolation techniques useful in other high reliability applications such as commercial avionics governed by FAA DO-254 and commercial cryptographic systems governed by NIST FIPS-140.

"Xilinx and NSA have worked closely together on this ground-breaking second generation Single Chip Crypto and Security Monitor technology which will further enable reductions in overall system power, form factor and cost for present and future crypto systems," Amit Dhir, Senior Director, Xilinx Aerospace/Defense & High Performance Computing Business.

In addition to the SCC technology, Xilinx announced the release of the Security Monitor IP core 2.0 for use in Virtex-5Q devices. The Security Monitor technology is used to enhance the physical security of Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA devices for information assurance and anti-tamper applications. Details of the Security Monitor core are ITAR restricted and available directly from Xilinx.

About the Virtex-5Q Family

The new Virtex-5Q family delivers the highest performance, largest capacity FPGAs with ruggedized packaging and advanced cryptographic capabilities, and is part of the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of defense-grade devices that are also available in bare die form for customized form factors. The solution specifically addresses the elevated performance and security demands of modern A&D systems. The inherent re-programmability and SCC technology advances of Virtex-5Q FPGAs overcome the limitations of traditional ASIC and ASSP approaches, making them ideal for secure communications applications, as well as for electronic warfare, aircraft and transport vehicles; C4ISR systems (Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance); radar; and missiles and munitions.

About Xilinx

Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit http://www.xilinx.com/.

Source: Xilinx, Inc.

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