The SASEBO-GII boards feature the Xilinx Virtex-5 and Spartan-3A FPGA families. The SASEBO-GII boards enable the development and evaluation of performance and security of cryptographic circuits to contribute to the international standardization of hardware security. The SASEBO-GII board is expected to serve as the standard for carrying out cryptographic hardware experiments and for international programs involving hardware security evaluation.
SASEBO-GII is the latest version of the FPGA board that the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan (AIST) has been researching and developing as a standard testing platform for working out the standards. The new board uses Virtex-5 LX30 and LX50 FPGAs for the main cryptographic circuit and a Spartan-3A FPGA for the interface circuit to enable various partial reconfiguration as well as side channel attack evaluation experiments.
Equipped with multiple power monitoring points, the Virtex-5 FPGAs on the board are capable of including embedded processors, an SRAM for data storage, driving user LEDs and I/Os, while also providing the flexibility for users to implement their own interfaces. The FPGAs also provide extended inputs for controlling power and clock speeds to conduct advanced physical attack evaluation experiments.
SPI-ROM and Slave-SelectMap are available as configuration methods to enable the evaluation of dynamic and static partial reconfiguration systems through control schemes targeting the Spartan-3A device. Configuration via a USB cable is also supported, which means various experiments can be conducted on the SASEBO-GII board only with one USB cable connected to a PC workstation.