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Low-Cost, Quick-Turn Radiation Tolerant Encryption Engine

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC18P2223
Agency Tracking Number: 181882
Amount: $124,901.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z8
Solicitation Number: SBIR_18_P1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-02-15
Small Business Information
4775 Centennial Boulevard, Suite 130
Colorado Springs, CO 80919-3332
United States
DUNS: 619085371
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Brent Moss
 (719) 531-0805
Business Contact
 Karen Van Cura
Phone: (719) 531-0805
Research Institution

Microelectronics Research Development Corporation (Micro-RDC) proposes a novel data security application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) demonstration of a radiation-hardened-by-design (RHBD) encryption engine for use in National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) future missions. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) developed encryption engine will be researched, developed and implemented on Micro-RDC’s existing 90nm qualified manufacturing list (QML-Q) Structured ASIC (SASIC) product platform. The SASIC platform implementation of the encryption engine will be a low-cost, quick-turn radiation hardened solution to increase data security in space applications and to migrate legacy designs to a more modern technology or to develop new designs in a simple, user-friendly electronic design automation (EDA) flow. Common encryption protocols are Triple DES, RSA, Blowfish, Twofish, and AES. The proposed encryption engine will utilize a maximum coverage of these protocols. 256-bit AES will be the primary target for the research and development under this proposed SBIR effort. The other remaining protocols will be investigated with available resources, or as directed by NASA oversight for current and future mission needs. The goal of this proposed project is to develop a radiation hardened encryption engine, comparable in performance to exisitng commercial counterparts, that can be configured to achieve various reliable security protocols. The proven RHBD techniques utilized in Micro-RDC’s SASIC will ensure no data errors and zero data loss will occur in either deep space or Low Earth Orbit (LEO) implementations.  The encryption engine device will be a standard product upon the successful completion of this SBIR Phase I and II efforts.  The resulting RHBD engine will be marketed to system integrators, researchers and prime contractors alike.

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