Xiphera  launches post quantum cryptographic IP cores

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By Nick Flaherty

Xiphera in Finland has launched a family of IP cores for Post-Quantum Cryptographic (PQC) encryption in chips.

The xQlave range provides quantum-secure key exchange and digital signatures, implemented as IP cores for FPGA 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). This allows chip designers to future-proof systems that are protected even against the threat of quantum computers that will be able to break current public-key (asymmetric) cryptosystems based on integer factorisation and discrete algorithms.

PQC is implemented and executed on classical computing platforms to protect against attacks that use 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 first xQlave core is for CRYSTALS-Kyber key encapsulation algorithm and will be available for customer evaluation in January 2023.

This will be followed by new cores for CRYSTALS-Kyber as well as the second NIST winner algorithm, CRYSTALS-Dilithium digital signature algorithm. The range covers varying customer needs with IP cores that are optimised for extremely small resource footprint, maximum performance or a balance of the two.

“The xQlave product family forms the core of Xiphera’s product offering for public-key cryptography in the future, and used together with traditional elliptic curve cryptography in hybrid encryption schemes, offers protection against quantum-computing attacks already today,” says Järvinen. “We are here to help our customers to protect their assets against the quantum threat with our new xQlave™ product family.”

Details are at Xiphera’s xQlave and PQC website


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