Xilinx Defense-Grade Virtex-6Q FPGA Includes Anti-Tamper Protection

The Xilinx Virtex-6Q Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) family is a high performance defense-grade, programmable solution for major defense applications. The combination of Virtex-6Q FPGA with the Xilinx Security Monitor (SECMON) IP core provides a secure platform for Aerospace and Defense (A&D) designs used in critical AT applications. The SECMON IP core offers a level of Anti-Tamper (AT) protection that will further strengthen the secure capabilities of the Virtex-6Q family of FPGAs.

NSA has reviewed the Xilinx SECMON IP core and found that it provides Anti-Tamper (AT) protection. The review and evaluation for the SECMON Anti-Tamper IP core encompassed a rigorous and thorough examination of requirements and architecture, source design code and test plans/procedures.

The programmable Anti-Tamper solution for Xilinx’s Virtex-6Q FPGAs complements AT system applications overall. This ensures protection of system’s critical technology as instructed by DoD 5200.39. A variety of support is available from Xilinx for AT implementation including software, IP, documentation, methodologies, working groups and expertise. The Xilinx secure solution yields higher levels of integration and reliability that benefit other applications such as commercial avionics systems.

The Virtex-6Q FPGA is the first product from Xilinx to feature easy to verify anti-counterfeiting features to combat the rising threat of fraudulent devices being introduced into defense systems worldwide. Features include a simple visual identification and confirmation of the products’ authenticity based on the external Virtex-6Q FPGA package marking, as well as other built-in, multi-level Xilinx proprietary features assuring product verification.

In addition to its secure capabilities, defense-grade Virtex-6Q devices offer mask set control, ruggedized packaging, high temperature environmental operation and longer product life when compared to pin-compatible commercial equivalents. Xilinx offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of secure, defense- and commercial-grade FPGAs.

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