A Radiation Tolerant Cryptograhic Architecture Using COTS FPGA's

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,852.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-04-M-0111
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-027-1647
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-027
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
AERONIX, INC.
1775 W. Hibiscus Blvd., Suite 304, Melbourne, FL, 32901
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
151118650
Principal Investigator:
Jeff Fisher
Systems Engineer
(321) 984-1671
jfisher@aeronix.com
Business Contact:
Ron Capasso
VP Secure Products
(321) 984-1671
rcapasso@aeronix.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Communications security (COMSEC) role in space continues to grow as the available bandwidth expands. The DOD Transformational Communications (TC) vision will transform the space, air, and ground networks into a fully integrated internet-like network. This vision requires cryptographic architectures that satisfy Crypto Modernization requirements, can host current and future cryptographic algorithms, and comply with the High Assurance Internet Protocol Interoperability Specification (HAIPIS). In addition, the architecture can be capable of taking advantage of the rapid rate of commercial FPGA technology development. These advances in technology are available at a much lower NRE cost than comparable custom designed crypto ASICs. In order to take advantage of these technology advances, crypto architectures are required that are robust enough to operate in the presence of semiconductor effects related to total dose, device latch-up, and single event errors. These errors could result in the space based crypto device either becoming inoperable, performance impaired, or potentially susceptible to transmitting erroneous information. This SBIR proposes a cryptographic architecture that utilizes various techniques to detect, correct, rollback, and continue operation in the presence of faults. The methods proposed include enhancements to circuitry, crypto control state machine logic, crypto control software, and algorithm implementation structures.

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