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Secure-IC and Menta look to optimise embedded cybersecurity

Menta and Secure-IC have successfully co-developed a flexible solution that will allow next-generation SoCs to follow market security requirements over time.

As security standards evolve over time, due to new and improved attack methods and as many ASIC products are fixed and cannot remain compliant with these standards during their life cycle, Secure-IC and Menta have been working to develop a flexible solution that will simplify the integration and enhance programmability of cryptographic security features in next-generation SoCs.

The joint work carried out by Secure-IC and Menta’s teams has led to the identification of a solution that addresses this problem.

Built on Menta’s eFPGA IP flexible architecture, this solution differentiates itself by incorporating Secure-IC’s specific embedded crypto block.

Based on the observation that eFPGA was a powerful option to consider in the security field since it allows reconfiguration of some embedded system functions, the teams at Secure-IC and Menta have implemented Secure-IC’s cryptographic engines on Menta’s eFPGA. This first implementation attempt has been ensured on an eFPGA implemented in a 28nm node and can be offered on any technology node.

Deep technical work is also still being performed by both partners to use Cryptographic eCB (embedded Customer Block) to make the best of the high performance of Secure-IC’s crypto IP into Menta’s eFPGA.

Both companies said that they intend to deliver Menta eFPGA by incorporating a series of cryptographic IPs (AES, RSA, Post-quantum cryptography, etc.) from Secure-IC, allowing reconfigurable usage of Secure-IC cryptography algorithms with optimised PPAs. Adapting to changing standards and upgrading possibilities will no longer be an issue as designers will benefit from a built-in programmability throughout the life of a product.

Menta and Secure-IC’s technologies is intended for SoCs used in automotive, IoT and edge, defence and government, media and entertainment, memory and storage, payments and transactions, trusted computing and cloud applications.

Neil Tyler

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