Barco Silex launches lightning-fast IP core for public-key cryptography to secure Internet-of-Things

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium – November 16, 2015 - Barco Silex, the leading provider of hardware blocks to secure IoT and embedded applications, has launched a new IP core for public-key cryptography. The new core boosts the performance of Barco Silex’s best-in-class solutions reaching less than 150 µs to perform an ECDSA-P256 verify operation, even on FPGA. With an excellent scalability and support for all major algorithms, the core is ready to become a cornerstone of IoT applications that require a dependable, fast security.

One of the major issues in today’s networked world is securing the connections across unsecure open networks to smart systems. A widely used principle to establish such secure communication channels is public-key cryptography. As part of its extensive library of proven IP blocks for cryptography, Barco Silex is now launching a sophisticated new IP block to implement public-key cryptography in hardware, as part of a security coprocessor to the application’s ASIC or FPGA.

The new solution is ideal for the IoT market where secure, fast, and dependable connections are crucial. Examples are car-to-x communication, wireless connections to e.g. wearable (medical) devices, payment solutions, industrial applications, hardware security modules, TLS/SSL connections … In these applications, Barco Silex’ core can form the fundament of secure, trusted and fast applications. Thanks to its scalability and flexibility, it allows for optimal solutions for a wide variety of requirements, applications and markets. It can be scaled to offer the best mix of area/performance/power possible, including solutions for systems that require a very low gate count or an extremely high performance. And it includes a wide range of algorithms and solutions such as RSA, ECC with NIST/other curves (Brainpool, Apple Home Kit…) and other protocols.

Sébastien Rabou, Product Manager at Barco Silex, comments: “Our engineers went to great lengths to make this core one of the best solutions available on the market. Not only is it lightning-fast, but we also solved some of the issues that other solutions may suffer from. Ours will offload the cryptographic operations from a processor for a full 100%, freeing your application to do what it was designed for. And to ensure a fast time-to-market, we have added a unique software wrapper for easy install and configuration. Adding and using a hardware crypto processor has now become as easy as adding a software library and calling its functions.”

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Barco Silex is leader in video processing, encryption and security IP cores and platforms as well as electronic design services (ASIC, FPGA, DSP, Board). Thanks to its continued stream of innovations, Barco Silex provides state-of-the-art solutions in video, encryption and security. Barco Silex security platforms and encryption cores deliver unrivaled speed performance and compact footprint. For more information about Barco Silex:

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