Xiphera implements cryptographic algorithms on FPGAs and ASICs

Staff reporter, DIGITIMES, Taipei 0

Kimmo Jarvinen, PhD (left) and Matti Tommiska, PhD, founded Xiphera in 2017

Xiphera, founded in 2017 by Matti Tommiska and Kimmo Jarvinen, has designed hardware-based cryptographic algorithms that can be implemented directly on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) or Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC). Xiphera has partnerships with Intel, AMD, Lattice, Microchip, Bittware, Spinnaker Systems, and Muspark.

The company will present its Crypto Cores and Security Protocols at the TIE Awards on October 12-14 in Taipei.

Xiphera's goal is to enable its customers to enhance the security level of their products, such as data centers and industrial control systems, since they are increasingly likely to fall victims of malware attacks.

Back in 2016, the two co-founders of Xiphera thought that cryptography is most securely implemented in hardware. Most of the current implementations of cryptographic algorithms are in software, where for example the underlying operating system, third-party cryptographic libraries, and the processor microarchitecture interact in a complex way, and any loophole or weakness in any of these component may compromise the security of the entire system. Hardware-based cryptography, in contrast, decreases the attack surface of the system, and additionally increases performance and lowers power consumption.

The company, founded by two electrical engineering PhDs who have been working on cryptography for years, developed Crypto Cores and Crypto Solutions to protect industrial, communications, and defense customers. The solutions are licensed globally, and Xiphera intends to increase its business and footprint in Taiwan as well.

Xiphera, Ltd, protects critical systems by designing security directly into hard-ware

Xiphera, Ltd, protects critical systems by designing security directly into hard-ware