Xilinx, NSA Create Virtex-4 FPGA-based Cryptographic Solution

Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable solutions, announced the results of a joint technology development project with The National Security Agency (NSA) consistent with the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Crypto Modernization initiatives. Enabled by Xilinx Virtex(TM)-4 FPGAs, the new design flow and verification process provides the industry’s first FPGA-based single chip cryptographic solution. Xilinx will be demonstrating the design and verification flow at the Software Radio Summit Technical Conference today in the Sheraton Premiere Hotel at Tyson’s Corner.

The jointly developed solution is based on NSA requirements for high-grade cryptographic processing and required an exhaustive analysis to evaluate the security of the Virtex-4 family of FPGAs, and their ability to allow independent functions on a single chip.

“This new technology allows the information assurance industry to maximize the advantages of programmable logic to obtain a true COTS solution to what has historically been a custom process,” said Eric Sivertson, general manager for Aerospace and Defense at Xilinx.

About Xilinx Virtex-4 Platform FPGAs
With more than 100 technical innovations, the Virtex-4 family of domain optimized FPGAs consists of 17 devices and three domain-optimized platforms: Virtex-4 LX FPGAs for logic-intensive designs, Virtex-4 SX FPGAs for high-performance signal processing, and Virtex-4 FX FPGAs for high-speed serial connectivity and embedded processing. Devices are shipping now.

About Xilinx
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions.