SecureRF, a leading provider of security solutions for the Internet of Things, announced its first Algebraic Eraser (AE) Core providing Public Key functions that deliver better than a 60X efficiency improvement, in timing, power consumption and reduced footprint over Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) at a 128-bit security level (ECC 256).
Due to the linear characteristics of the AE Core, even great efficiency over ECC is attained at higher security levels. The AE Core is designed for a wide range of Field Programmable Arrays (FPGAs), Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) and the ARM Cortex-M family of processors.
This AE Core addresses the need for a high-performance Public Key authentication method that is optimized for cost and power. AE Core solutions target the Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints that are used for connectivity, credentials, the Smart Grid, industrial controls, and microcontrollers. Strong security and privacy is also required for consumer products, appliances, medical devices, and automotive. The AE protocol enables higher levels of security on very low-power or passive devices and supports many of the standard platforms now being developed.
“Device-level security is critical to protecting commercial and government solutions now relying on sensors and other embedded technologies that our AE Core is designed to address,” states SecureRF CEO Louis Parks. “Our recent benchmarks show that the AE Core is a breakthrough in size, power, and speed over today’s existing Public Key methods.”
The initial AE Core provides a Diffie-Hellman like authentication protocol and can be integrated with existing asymmetric and symmetric methods. In addition to synthesizable RTL in both Verilog and VHDL, SecureRF provides support for industry-standard tool chains such as Synopsys and ModelSim, executable C models, synthesis scripts, verification and regression suites, and interfaces for the 8051, and an AMBA 3.0 Lite Cortex-M0 core processor blocks on FPGAs. Additionally, products and devices developed with the AE Core may also choose to use SecureRF’s back-end infrastructure and cloud-based dashboard for data management and reporting.
The AE Core with Public Key functions is based on SecureRF’s breakthrough Algebraic Eraser algorithm, the world’s first linear-in-time method. AE’s linear-in-time engine supports additional protocols including a symmetric cipher, a stream cipher, a pseudo-random number generator, a HASH function, and a digital signature. The AE method has been published in peer-reviewed journals, presented at conferences around the world, and has been submitted for review and certification at world standards bodies. SecureRF also offers and supports an NSA Suite B family of cores that can be used alone or in conjunction with its AE Core.