Altera Completes NSA Secure Implementation Guidelines (SIG)

Today’s secure communications devices are faced with a number of design challenges. Wireline products must meet aggressive demands for data bandwidth to achieve 40-Gbps and 100-Gbps throughput, while often providing a tamper-resistant platform for cryptographic services for applications such as the JIE. Wireless products are developed under strict requirements for reduces size, weight, and power (SWaP) to enable next-generation mobility for military radios that can simultaneously support multiple waveforms such as SRW, WNW, and MUOS.

Secure Communications Systems

Secure communications design challenges apply to wired and wireless systems. Cryptographic functionality is an additional problem that is common to both systems.

Wireline Secure Communication

Information assurance systems with cryptographic capabilities including the Global Information Grid (GIG) support network performance in 40G to 100G and beyond. Net-centricity insures that what the warfighter sees on the ground can be linked to airborne and ground based assets.

Figure 1. Network Encryptor

All the core functions of a typical network encryptor can be implemented in Altera FPGAs within the tamper boundary. Altera’s 28 nm Stratix V provides up to 930 Gbps of transceiver bandwidth at the lowest power consumption with support for over 50 industry-standard protocols. Large DSP counts, scalable embedded processing, and logic density leadership offer true system-on-programmable-chip (SoPC) for wireline secure communications. The Arria 10 SoC further reduces power, adds security features, and provides a dual-core Arm® Cortex A9 hard processor system for control plane processing.

Wireless Secure Communication

Enhanced wireless radios require interoperability and security using commercial, AES, Suite A, and Suite B encryption algorithms. These enhanced radios link firefighters, emergency, medical, and law enforcement systems together while optimizing size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C). Next generation military-grade trusted communications and SDR platforms must generate compatible waveforms, assuring operational compatibility while at the same time supporting multiple platforms and missions with field update capability. Altera FPGAs enable wireless communications systems to meet these challenges.

Figure 2. Software Defined Radio

Cyclone V SoC meets the demands of the lowest system cost and power, and the Arria V SoC balances cost and performance. Altera’s SoC FPGAs consolidate your overall footprint with Embedded dual-core Arm® A9 cores featuring 2.5 MIPS of Dhrystone performance.

Cryptographic Capabilities

Strong encryption is key to ensuring communications and data security at ever increasing data throughput rates. Strong cryptographic algorithms implemented on FPGAs that are secure by design provide the foundation for trusted information assurance systems.

The Cyclone III LS FPGA with design separation capability enables high security at low power. Information assurance platforms benefit from the low-cost, low power Cyclone V, while 100Gbps and beyond data rates can be achieved with the Stratix V and Arria 10.