ICsense expands IC design activities & opens office in Ghent, Belgium

ICsense, the Leuven-based IC design house and TDK Group Company, expands its activities to meet the sustained surge in IC demand, among others from European car manufacturers and medical equipment suppliers. Therefore, it now also opens an office in Ghent, a location at the heart of a premier knowledge region that will also enable to recruit additional talent. ICsense is a European market leader in the design of application-specific chips – ASICs – for smart, sustainable electronics. An experienced team, an inclusive startup mentality, and the backing of the Japanese TDK Corporation ensure growth and a bright future for many years to come.

ICsense designs chips and sensors that are at the heart of electric and self-driving vehicles, medical equipment and implants, and other smart electronics. They are essential in the transition to a smarter and more sustainable environment. With demand for chips picking up sharply and geopolitics challenging the electronics world, this is the perfect opportunity for a European market leader such as ICsense to take the challenge and expand. 

Bram De Muer, CEO of ICsense: “With this expansion we demonstrate both our leadership and ambition. And with the new office, we also gain access to the expertise and talent pool of the Ghent region. A region which alongside Leuven is an important education and knowledge cluster for new technologies. Newly graduated engineers and experienced designers can come and work with us on projects with real impact, and at the same time bolster their careers.”  

Keywords for everyone working at ICsense are Innovation, Excellence, and Trust. These have enabled the group of 90 highly-skilled engineers to grow into Europe’s leading fab-independent IC designer.

Marijke Tuerlinckx, HR Manager at ICsense: “We welcome anyone with the right skills and an eagerness to learn. For us, it is a key concern to offer new employees an interesting growth path and to make them feel welcome in our group. Therefore, we have a system of personal mentors and we organize continued deep training. We do that for all new employees, whether they have just graduated, have had their first work experience, or have already been working for a longer period. The result is that ICsense has become a really close-knit group of colleagues. With the new office in the Zuiderpoort complex, we provide our people with a second pleasant workplace, a place that is easily accessible to everyone, whether they come by bus, train, car or bicycle.”

About ICsense

ICsense, headquartered in Leuven (Belgium), is an independent subsidiary of the TDK Group and Europe’s premier IC design company. ICsense’s core business is ASIC development and supply and custom IC design services. ICsense has the largest fab-independent European design group with world-class expertise in analog, digital, mixed-signal and high-voltage IC design. The company develops and supplies customer exclusive ASIC solutions for the automotive, medical, industrial and consumer market compliant with ISO9001, ISO13485, IEC61508-ISO26262.

About TDK Corporation

TDK Corporation is a world leader in electronic solutions for the smart society based in Tokyo, Japan. Built on a foundation of material sciences mastery, TDK welcomes societal transformation by resolutely remaining at the forefront of technological evolution and deliberately “Attracting Tomorrow.” It was established in 1935 to commercialize ferrite, a key material in electronic and magnetic products. TDK’s comprehensive, innovation-driven portfolio features passive components such as ceramic, aluminum electrolytic and film capacitors, as well as magnetics, high-frequency, and piezo and protection devices. The product spectrum also includes sensors and sensor systems such as temperature and pressure, magnetic, and MEMS sensors. In addition, TDK provides power supplies and energy devices, magnetic heads and more. These products are marketed under the product brands TDK, EPCOS, InvenSense, Micronas, Tronics and TDK-Lambda. TDK focuses on demanding markets in automotive, industrial and consumer electronics, and information and communication technology. The company has a network of design and manufacturing locations and sales offices in Asia, Europe, and in North and South America. In fiscal 2021, TDK posted total sales of USD 13.3 billion and employed about 129,000 people worldwide.

Press contact
Jeroen Van Ham
ICsense NV
Gaston Geenslaan 14
3001 Leuven, Belgium
T. +32 16 58 97 00

Northern Ireland Leads the Charge on Smart Cities

DSP Valley member Invest NI showcases the progress and projects making Northern Ireland’s cities smart.

There’s no denying that the events of 2020 sparked a frank discussion on the pros and cons of city-living. But long before COVID19, most of us recognised that our urban environments needed change and fresh life breathed into them, and technology could potentially hold the key. ‘Smart’ solutions, as they have become known, are now being implemented in communities across the world with the goal of improving quality of life.

This smart revolution is already well underway in Northern Ireland, where digital infrastructure has long been a priority. Cities like Belfast are tapping into the nation’s expertise in sectors spanning technology, cyber security, data analytics and advanced manufacturing to unlock a diverse range of technology-based initiatives to deliver economic, social, and environmental benefits for citizens.

The city was one of the first in the UK to be selected for BT’s 5G network roll-out and, as part of its ambition to become a Smart Port, Belfast Harbour has partnered with BT to trial 5G maritime innovations.

Supporting the pioneers

Over the past decade, Northern Ireland has carved out a niche for itself as a fast-growing and vibrant technology hub.

With more than 1,200 technology companies and 28,000 people employed in Northern Ireland’s ICT sector alone, we are a hotbed for talent across technology and data science industries. This, combined with our academic leadership in cyber security research, makes Northern Ireland ideally placed to lead the charge as the world looks toward smart cities opportunities.

Cutting-edge smart solutions are being developed and implemented across Northern Ireland today, bolstered by initiatives like the Northern Ireland Internet of Things Network (NI-IoT). Led by Ulster University, a free-to-use network that helps businesses develop IoT solutions with wide geographic ranges while using minimal energy and which is now supporting the nation’s many burgeoning smart city opportunities.

One business to benefit from the IoT infrastructure in Northern Ireland is See.Sense. The team develops smart cycling solutions that are revolutionising the experiences of cyclists in Northern Ireland today.

See.Sense uses intelligent bike lights and GPS bike trackers, powered by sensor technology and AI, to improve the safety and experience of cyclists, while also providing cities with data insights to help inform their planning.

Beyond cycling, the electric vehicles (EVs) market is also being rebooted with smart solutions to help make cities more accessible and ultimately, more sustainable. Just last month, the contractor Triex EV installed the first ‘pay-as-you-charge’ electric vehicle charging point for residential apartments in Coleraine.

The business case for smart cities

Smart technology is not only transforming life for Northern Ireland’s city dwellers, it has also opened an exciting and fast-growing market for smart city solutions, with boundless opportunities for collaboration between industry and academia.

Two of our world-renowned universities, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, offer access to eight clusters of world-class AI research in core data science, cyber security, hardware, internet of things, medicine, robotics, economy, and multimedia analytics.

The access Northern Ireland offers to some of the brightest minds in R&D has encouraged a diverse cluster of smart city companies to set up operations here.

ANGOKA is one business that was attracted by Northern Ireland’s R&D credentials. The team at ANGOKA protects the machine-to-machine communication that enables smart city initiatives to run. ANGOKA works behind the scenes to safeguard everything from the personal data stored in smart home devices to the communication channels between drones.

Within Belfast’s technology cluster, you can also find Anaeko, a hybrid cloud integrator that helps organisations adopt cloud computing. Founded in 2004, the company is going from strength-to-strength and has helped integrate data and analytics solutions in a diverse range of sectors including utilities.

Another technology innovator focused on improving efficiency is Kinsetsu, which provides organisations with intelligent tracking solutions that automate and optimise their tasks and services. For instance, its product HomeHug helps elderly people live independently at home for longer by providing their loved ones with data about the home environment including temperature and movement.

Looking ahead

It’s an exciting time for Northern Ireland. The nation has carved out a niche for itself as an incubator for smart city companies and we’re committed to staying at the top of our game. And as the world prepares for a number of significant changes that lie on the horizon, from the green economy to the widespread adoption of 5G and the advent of autonomous vehicles, Northern Ireland is well-equipped to drive positive change.

There are plenty of opportunities for the DSP Valley ecosystem to get involved in the exciting developments happening in Northern Ireland.

Interested in learning more or becoming part of the solutions?

Contact Emilien Thorin and check out Invest NI’s website.

S3Food hands out 14 grants to projects for digital innovation in food manufacturing

DSP Valley is glad to announce that 28 SMEs will receive funding from S3FOOD, the pan European project for digital Industry 4.0 transition in which we take part as one of the 13 international consortium partners. 14 projects have been selected with themes like ‘data-driven fermentation management’, ‘egg processing with enhanced data integration’ or  ‘smart systems for real-time monitoring of evaporation in wine aging’.

14 cross-sectoral collaboration projects

This has already been the second S3FOOD voucher call within the project. 14 innovative SME driven projects have been selected all across Europe. The winning projects will receive funding to develop and adopt innovative digital solutions to concrete challenges food processing companies are facing to modernize and improve food production.

Alltogether, the 14 cross–sectoral collaboration projects will receive different types of vouchers for an amount close to 1.3 million Euros. The types of vouchers vary depending on the development stage of the project, called the TRL, or Technology Readiness Level. The earliest stage projects receive up to 15,000 Euro while the larger scale collaboration projects  receive up to 180,000 Euro.

Industry 4.0 transition

S3FOOD wants to establish an innovation-friendly, cross-border and cross-sectoral ecosystem to help SMEs start their Industry 4.0 transition.

Veerle De Graef, Innovation Manager, Flanders’ FOOD– coordinator of the S3FOOD project: “Companies that still rely on a few in-house specialists to register and interpret processing data are at risk of losing important knowledge and expertise. Using for instance smart sensors, makes it possible to secure everything in automated systems and to bring sustainable benefits to their business, improving efficiency and quality of the production methods.”

Besides the funding, being a part of S3FOOD also grants the 14 projects access to industry experts, knowledge sharing, a solid network of like-minded SMEs and much more.

A revolution in progress

Many larger companies have already responded to the fourth industrial revolution – the digital revolution -, by automating and digitalizing their process. This includes benefiting from the related data generation, which opens the door to identify processing issues quicker. This also gives opportunities for continuous improvement.

S3FOOD targets the many SMEs in the agri-food industry in Europe, that have still not found the partners and funds to start the same journey towards digitalization.

The consortium has already supported 44 projects with 51 unique SMEs across Europe and now adds 14 new projects to the portfolio.

“While we are still in the middle of the S3FOOD project, we can already begin to see the results of the first projects that received the funding vouchers. It’s fascinating to see how SMEs can truly benefit from the latest technology, and we are happy to be able to welcome another 14 projects to S3FOOD, and to the future of food production,” says project leader Veerle De Graef.

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S3FOOD is a 5 million Euro Innosup – 01 project under H2020 that aims to stimulate the uptake of smart sensor solutions by the small and medium sized enterprises in the agri-food sector with the purpose of improving efficiency, sustainability and safety. S3FOOD started in May 2019 and has launched two voucher calls where SMEs could apply for funding for the implementation of innovative digital solutions to concrete challenges of the food processing industry.

The S3FOOD consortium consists of 13 partners from across Europe:
Flanders’ FOOD, Belgium; DSP Valley, Belgium; Wagralim, Belgium; INNOSKART, Hungary; AgriFood Capital BV, The Netherlands; AIN, Spain; ASINCAR, Spain; Bretagne Développement Innovation, France; CLUSAGA, Spain; CORALLIA , Greece; Food & Bio Cluster Denmark, Denmark; Food-Processing Initiative, Germany and CIMES, France.

Read more about S3FOOD on www.s3food.eu  or follow the project on LinkedIn and twitter: @s3food_eu

S3FOOD has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 824769-S3FOOD.

“Europe’s Challenges Can Be Our Strengths:” DSP Valley on Innovation and Networking

stronger together: the power of networks

At the start of December 2020, Flemish newspaper De Standaard included a special look at innovation in the region.

As part of the campaign, DSP Valley spoke with Media Planet about the importance of networking to digital innovation. CEO Dieter Therssen explained DSP Valley’s philosophy and the benefits networking brings.

“Innovation is never the work of a single company, but often arises from a combination of existing data or products. That implies that you need several companies to realize innovative developments. A good network is one of the key factors for successful innovation.”

-Dieter Therssen

At DSP Valley, we work toward business development in a collaborative spirit, leveraging networks to benefit entire markets and ecosystems. As Dieter put it, “Our biggest challenge is the translation of the technology to the industry. DSP Valley tries to play a role in this. Several things are needed: you need technology, you need people with the talent to convert that technology, you need money, but you also need a network to bring companies together around good ideas.”

Eclipse Foundation Comes to Europe

We are thrilled at the news that open source software foundation Eclipse Foundation is moving to Brussels!

Eclipse Foundation logo

Innovation and Collaboration

Styling itself “The Platform for Open Innovation and Collaboration,” the Eclipse Foundation is a non-profit organization working to provide a community of and for open source software users and creators. It provides IP management and IT infrastructure while also developing the ecosystem and processes to govern the community.

The Eclipse Foundation provides our global community of individuals and organizations with a mature, scalable, and business-friendly environment for open source software collaboration and innovation. 

-the Eclipse Foundation website

What Eclipse is doing has a strong connection with our work at DSP Valley. Collaborative business development means doing more in common than in isolation. An essential component of this are common foundations to work upon. The platform developed by Eclipse is an excellent example of nurturing such common foundations and creating opportunities to harness collective potential.

A move to Europe

In their press release on May 12, Eclipse outlined their reasons for moving their headquarters to Europe, creating Eclipse Foundation AISBL based in Brussels. Their rationale — and the decision itself — is a great illustration of how Europe and its approach to digitalization is extremely attractive at the moment. This especially with regard to how the European Union is (attempting) balancing technological aspirations and capabilities with societal needs and democratic control.

Contributions from a broad cross-section of European companies and governmental organizations to open source projects will be key to ensuring that these emerging technologies are fit for Europe, designed with consideration for the privacy and security of individuals and organizations, and have environmental impact in mind.

– Eclipse Foundation press release announcing move to Europe

A boon for our ecosystem

This is great news for Europe, and great news for the DSP Valley ecosystem. The foundation is already deeply involved in technology areas such as cloud and edge applications, IoT, artificial intelligence, digital ledger technologies, open processor designs, and many others: a great boost for our members. As we wrote about in March, Europe is actively engaging with how to move forward with AI and data technology. Eclipse will be a strong voice added to the mix of perspectives striving for that perfect balance between technology’s capabilities and societal needs. (See our article here )

Ultimately, Eclipse itself is a testimony to the need for as-open-as-possible collaboration with regard to digital foundations. Given our strong belief in collaborative business development, we’re delighted to welcome their headquarters to our shores.

Check out the details at the Eclipse website, and be sure to read Executive Director Mike Milinkovich’s statement, too.

Embedding robustness and security in your product


You read about it in the news: systems have been hacked and confidential information has gotten into the wrong hands. With the growing complexity and ubiquity of our various information systems in today’s world, the challenge for software developers to guarantee that confidential information remains confidential, has become bigger and more important at the same time.

by AimValley

AimValley has extensive experience in developing software for “carrier-class” telecommunication equipment, where built-in robustness, very fast fault recovery and redundancy are key requirements. To get to this “carrier-class” quality level, we use a selection of tools, such as: code analysis, minimizing manual coding of tedious functions, to help build in robustness and security in your products.

Code analysis

The first step is to screen your code for vulnerabilities such as resource leaks, dereference of NULL pointers, uninitialized data, control flow issues as early as possibly in the development stage. AimValley uses Coverity to scan your C, C++, and Python codes. Coverity runs by a developer or automated via scripts. As a second step we use Valgrind to debug and dynamically profile the application.

Minimizing manual coding of tedious functions

Using a domain specific language with a compiler to generate the application code, a framework, unit test code or documentation, allows developers to focus on those tests that are too complex to automate. Reusing common mature building blocks delivers stability and quality to a product. Manual unit or integration tests will still be required, but this approach helps bring down the development time and reduce the amount of bugs.

Open Source Software

In developing embedded software, it is very common to include free and open-source software modules in your products. These software packages however, all release their own patches and security fixes that you will need to stay up-to-date with. To ease that task AimValley uses Black Duck.

Open-source projects often include more code than is used for a project. A Yocto distribution, for instance, includes support for different hardware boards and modules that are not always used for your product. For an accurate assessment you will need to run the scanner against the used components only. You could do that by manually deselecting components from the scanner’s GUI or via directives in the source tree or via command line options. But how can you be sure that you did not exclude modules that you obscurely use? Functions called from inside a used library can easily be overlooked. While excluding from the GUI is easy, the number of manual annotations can be an issue. For example one of our recent scans of a Yocto environment came up with 750 vulnerabilities, making annotation somewhat cumbersome.

An abstract 3D render of a microprocessor on a circuit board with many electrical components installed. The central microprocessor has an integrated security lock in glowing yellow color. Components are labelled with random serial numbers, with many connections glowing in yellow color too.


During the testing phase we use vulnerability scanners, such as Nessus, OpenVAS and Kali Linux to make sure that the product has no externally exposed vulnerabilities. As a result of the scans, ports that have been left open unintentionally will be detected and additional vulnerabilities in the code will become visible.


All tooling aside, the most effective security counter measures start at the beginning, during the system architecture phase. Similar to the effect of spent effort on bugs detected early, not designing security risks into the system makes a huge difference. There are tools, methods and standards available that can help in this regard. But in general it is preferable to sit down with the development team and define use-cases and record security requirements that can be verified and tested.

All tooling aside, the most effective security counter measures start at the beginning, during the system architecture phase.

We have illustrated how the use of tools can help embed robustness and security in your product design in various stages of the development. This approach will only work if the development team is aware of and focused on the importance of security during architecture, design, reviews, implementation and testing.
A dedicated security officer’s role within the company can help to get guidelines, templates and procedures organized.

In 2019 DSP Valley embarks on collective business development

collective business development

A happy and prosperous 2019! Another year in which processing power will grow by 50%, connectivity bandwidth is to increase by 25%, and in which we’ll take at least a trillion photos on our smartphone. A minute fraction of the total of 30 zettabytes of data likely to be created in 2019.

by DSP Valley

Through 2018, you have helped us analyze the status of our industry and network. Together with you, we sought ways to better arm our industry for the challenges ahead.

How to get the best out of hyperconnected systems? Making sure they work for us, our families, our society. Making sure we achieve a leading position in this industry, from technologies over platforms and system integration to service provisioning. And this, in a wide variety of application fields: healthcare, mobility, logistics, manufacturing…

Pursuant to the analysis, a couple of elements emerged.

One is focus. We cannot be successful in everything, so we need to pick what holds most promise; combinations of regional technology strength and a receptive market.

Another is substance. Hyperconnectivity calls for an organization that goes beyond entertaining discussions. Rather one that scopes, guides, and funnels embryonic connections into meaningful business opportunities.

The conclusion of our analysis is to choose the path of collective business development. A challenge the team and I will be happy to take up for you.

During 2018, we have prepared several elements to do so. In two significant application areas, we have partnered to create Innovative Business Networks (IBN). Smartcities.vlaanderen addresses collective business development to make the ‘Internet of Things’ work for our society. We will look into connected, circular, attractive, and resilient cities.

Flanders.health seeks opportunities at the crossover of digital, medical and life science technologies. It investigates disease prevention, personalized treatments, and health at home. Both initiatives enjoy strong industrial backing as well as governmental support.

Industrial IoT projects are another example of that collective business development. Together with partners we lined up European funding in three areas:  textile, food processing, and manufacturing industry. 7 million EUR in total.

Last but not least, the core technology of our network; semiconductors, will get more focus again.  A lot is yet to come, in terms of materials, sensors, actuators, communication, high and ultra-low power, … More than enough to make this a program in its own right.

We will increasingly help you bring your technologies and solutions to the market in 2019. You will get a choice of services, or memberships, so you can align your investment with where you want to go.

About this, and the details of the above programs, our members and affiliates will learn more at our New Year’s meeting in Eindhoven on January 24th.

We look forward to working together in another exciting year.

I hope to see you all there,

Dieter Therssen

Cluster organizations are a key finance lever for photonics and microelectronics

cluster organizations

Access to finance is not easy for companies in the photonics and semiconductor sector. That sounds familiar to you, no? But did you know that technology clusters play a key supporting role for those companies to realize their goal?

by DSP Valley

A recent report prepared for the DG Research and Innovation and the DG Connect, Financing the digital Transformation – Unlocking the value of photonics and microelectronics, states that the photonics and semiconductor sector offer a tremendous opportunity for Europe since they will shape the way we live and work in the years to come. The study was done by InnovFin Advisory, part of the European Investment Bank Advisory Services. “The photonics and semiconductor sector are essential Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) and represent important building blocks of the next digital revolution”, the study says. Besides that, the study confirms that the access-to-finance conditions for companies in these sectors are challenging. Especially at early- and growth-stage.

Presence of a cluster organization is key

To understand these access-to-finance difficulties, InnovFin Advisory explored through interviews and analysis a range of financing issues relevant to the photonics and semiconductor sector. They distinguish ten findings determining the ease with which the photonics and semiconductor sector get access to financing. Two intrinsic sector characteristics make financing more difficult: technological complexity and challenges of scaling the business. Eight findings concern financing levers of the access-to-finance landscape. According to the study the key financing lever for the photonics and semiconductor sector is the presence of a technology cluster. Cluster organizations contribute in a significant way to the development of photonics and semiconductor companies. Based on the interviews conducted, InnovFin Advisory notes 62% referencing the important supporting role of these technology clusters.

The technological complexity and less compelling investment characteristics of the photonics and semiconductor companies make financing more difficult.

cluster organizations

Networking and guidance

The presence of cluster organizations is important because a number of them operate across Europe with a specific focus on supporting photonics and/or semiconductor companies. Among the cluster organizations mentioned are our partners Silicon Saxony and Minalogic, but also DSP Valley. Together with those two clusters, DSP Valley is seen as one of the most successful clusters in Europe. Based on discussions with representatives of the technology clusters, and with companies connected with them, the study states the contribution of clusters is also important in terms of networking. Clusters connect entrepreneurs with other entrepreneurs, corporate players, financing partners, potential talent, etc.

Clusters connect entrepreneurs with other entrepreneurs.

Another reason why clusters play such an important role is the fact that they provide companies with specific guidance and advice in terms of financing, the study says. They do that for example by helping companies understand which public grants or other financing programmes they may be entitled to.

Access to infrastructure and to opportunities

According to the report the support of clusters can especially be of value to early-stage companies, but also to more established players seeking connections/access to niche solutions and talent. For financing intermediaries, InnovFin Advisory notes that clusters provide more centralized access to potential opportunities in a single industry.

Also more established players seeking niche solutions acknowledge the value of clusters.

Geographic location as evidence

Evidence of the positive impact of cluster organizations, the researchers found through the geographic location of photonics and semiconductor companies and examples of corporate investment. Photonic and semiconductor companies identified in this study are located in relative proximity to the key European clusters, which is a sign of their importance to broader technology development. Such a finding is also confirmed in an earlier study (the KETs II study). This geographic proximity of course offers clear advantages in terms of knowledge exchange, networking, etc.

The most important semiconductor clusters are concentrated in Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. The key photonics clusters are located in Germany, the UK and France.

A lot of photonic and semiconductor companies are located in relative proximity to the key European clusters.

In its conclusion, InnovFin Advisory states that since the photonics and semiconductor sector are essential building blocks in the next wave of digital innovation, the access-to-finance conditions for these KETs companies have to be improved. Therefore the need for better coordination among national funding agencies and clusters is paramount.

Read the whole report


Financing the digital Transformation – Unlocking the value of photonics and microelectronics –

Prepared for DG Research and Innovation and DG Connect, European Commission

By Innovation Finance Advisory, European Investment Bank Advisory Services


Björn-Sören Gigler, Alberto Casorati and Arnold Verbeek


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Silex Insight unveils new version of Chacha20-Poly1305 authenticated encryption

chacha20-poly1305 HP

Silex Insight, leading provider of IP cores for secure computing, presents a new version of its Chacha20-Poly1305 hardware crypto engine that is geared towards high-throughput applications.

by Silex Insight

The RFC7539-compliant IP core offers customers future-proof authenticated encryption between highly networked applications, for example in IoT or cloud computing. The new IP core – codename BA420 – is available for ASIC and FPGA designs. With simple, straightforward interfaces, it is easy to integrate and highly scalable, hallmarks of all Silex Insight’s cores.

Verification of integrity and authenticity

The BA420 is used to verify the data integrity and the authenticity of messages or packets. It provides authenticated encryption with associated data (AEAD) using the Chacha20 stream cipher combined with the Poly1305 message authentication code (MAC). Its maximum throughput exceeds several hundreds of Gbps and it can be fully configured to match the specific throughput requirements of the application and hardware platform. For SoC solutions, the core can be combined with optional scatter/gather DMA for easy and efficient integration. Alternatively, BA420 can also be deployed for encryption or authentication separately.

More secure alternative

The BA420 block may be combined with the BA415, which implements a high-throughput AES-GCM crypto engine. This combination offers future-proof security, as Chacha20-Poly1305 is a mandatory AEAD (authenticated encryption with associated data) algorithm, as is the AES-GCM, in TLS 1.3. It’s also a more secure alternative to older algorithms in TLS/SSL, the underlying protocol that secures most Internet communication in e.g. browsers (https), voice-over-IP, mobile devices and IoT applications. Therefore, Chacha20-Poly1305 has been adopted and deployed by major companies such as Google (Chrome browser, Android mobile devices) and Apple (Apple HomeKit for IoT devices).

Both BA415 and the new BA420 can be included in Silex Insight’s comprehensive root-of-trust hardware solution BA470.

“With this dedicated high-throughput version of Chacha20-Poly1305, we complement our solutions for highly networked servers, the heart of today’s IoT or cloud computing” says Sébastien Rabou, Director of the embedded security group at Silex Insight. “This new IP core does not only allow our customers to create dedicated ASIC solutions but also to create high performance FPGA accelerators on existing cloud platform like AWS or others.”