Xiphera launches Quantum-Secure Cryptographic IP cores

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Xiphera, a Finnish company that designs hardware-based security solutions using standardised cryptographic algorithms, has launched the xQlave product family for Post-Quantum Cryptographic (PQC) IP cores.

The xQlave family offers a broad collection of quantum-secure key exchange and digital signatures, implemented as Intellectual Property (IP) cores for FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) and ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) hardware.

The product family introduces IP cores for the PQC algorithms recently announced as the winners of the PQC competition by the American National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The xQlave product family will allow Xiphera’s partners and customers to design future-proof systems that are protected even against the threat of quantum computers.

The rapid development of quantum computers is generating new opportunities as well as threats to the current ecosystems and is revolutionising the way in which security and computing is recognised. In time, powerful enough quantum computers will be able to break current public-key (asymmetric) cryptosystems based on integer factorisation and discrete logarithms, compromising the entire basis of information and network security.

Concerns have been raised about malicious actors possibly targeting and capturing sensitive data already today, with the aim of decrypting it when sufficient quantum computing power is available. This has led to national security entities (for example, American NSA and French ANSSI) to recommend systems designed and deployed today to have the capability to be upgraded with quantum-secure cryptography.

PQC is implemented and executed on classical computing platforms to protect against attacks that utilise quantum computing.

“NIST published the winners of their PQC competition last summer, and these winner algorithms will be taken into large-scale use in the near future”, said Kimmo Järvinen, Co-founder and CTO of Xiphera. “Designers of secure systems need to prepare for the post-quantum future already today and our xQlave product family answers to this need.”

The xQlave product family consists of secure and efficient implementations of PQC algorithms. The first product in the product family is for CRYSTALS-Kyber key encapsulation algorithm, one of the four winners of the NIST PQC competition.

The IP core will be available for customer evaluation in January 2023.

The xQlave product family is set to grow in 2023 with new IP cores for CRYSTALS-Kyber as well as the second NIST winner algorithm, CRYSTALS-Dilithium digital signature algorithm. The xQlave product family covers varying customer needs with IP cores that are optimised for extremely small resource footprint, maximal performance, and optimal balance between these.