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GOEPEL electronic protects Spartan-6 FPGAs against IP theft.

GOEPEL electronic now supports Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGAs in protection against potential attackers and theft of intellectual property (IP) through the AES Programmer (Advanced Encryption Standard).

The GOEPEL Xilinx Spartan-6 AES Programmer is a tool integrated into the SYSTEM CASCON JTAG/boundary-scan software platform. It allows programming of the one-time programmable eFUSE register with a unique 256-bit AES key, via secure JTAG access. After arming, the FPGA can only accept the encoded bit streams because the arming of the AES mechanism is an irreversible process. This results in maximum security during the authentication and encryption of FPGA programming data as well as once it is safely locked within the device.

AES is supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Department of Commerce. By using the Xilinx AES feature, the FPGA design of the Spartan-6 is protected against potential attackers. Without corresponding AES keys, bit streams cannot be analyzed, whereby the encrypted designs are hedged against re-engineering, cloning, and copying.

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Title Annotation:INDUSTRY UPDATE; intellectual property
Publication:EE-Evaluation Engineering
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Apr 1, 2016
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