Xilinx Inc. in San Jose, Calif., is introducing the defense-grade Virtex-6Q field-programmable gate array (FPGA) for major military and aerospace applications, such as avionics, electronic warfare, missiles and munitions, military communications, and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) systems. Officials of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) found the Xilinx Security Monitor (SECMON) IP core in the defense-grade Virtex-6Q provides anti-tamper protection.
These devices, together with the SECMON IP core, enable secure military embedded systems designs for use in critical anti-tamper applications. The Xilinx secure solution also is appropriate for such applications as commercial avionics. The programmable anti-tamper solution for the Xilinx Virtex-6Q FPGAs complements anti-tamper system applications overall to protect critical technology as instructed by DOD 5200.39-M, Xilinx officials say. Software, IP, documentation, methodologies, working groups, and expertise support are available from Xilinx for anti-tamper implementation.
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