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Date: 07-07-13

Crypto IC from Altis packs several encryption engines

Altis Semiconductor has said it has developed an crypto IC powered by a 32bit RISC processor and supporting encryption such as AES 256 with 8 modes (ECB, CBC, OFB, CFB, CTR, CCM, GCM and XTS), RSA 4096bits, ECC, Diffie-Hellman, El-Gamal, and various SHAs. The hardware based AIS 31 True Random Number Generator generates secure private and public keys.

This IC is getting evaluated and certified as per ISO standard Common Criteria EAL4+.

The crypto IC encrypts/decrypts on the fly any data file or stream coming in or out of the host platform. It can be used for strong authentication. Data can also be hashed, for integrity control. It can be used for strongly secure PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) solutions, as well as signature and certificates, suggest Altis. With a data transfer rate of 100Mb/s (both ways) , the crypto IC is also suggested for use in access and core routers.

The AUTHENT’IC µSD100 powered by this chip is available in µSD package. It can be plugged into any µSD slot of an Android mobile device. The µSD card with an initial memory size of 4GB can be partitioned by end user, enabling the storage of secure and non-secure data on the same card. Other versions of the storage device powered by the Altis crypto IC comes with USB interface, support of Windows and increased flash memory size.

Sampling of the PLM IC and Authent’IC µSD100 are expected by November 2013. Production ramp up, following the Common Criteria certification process, is planned for Q2 2014.

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