Data Security demo on Microsemi’s SmartFusion2 FPGA

January 29, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Avnet, working with Microsemi, has announced an update to its (Avnet’s) design software on the SmartFusion2 KickStart Development Kit to offer a data security demonstration. The kit, designed and sold by Avnet, is an entry-level development platform for rapid prototyping using Microsemi’s SmartFusion2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

The company will also present a Webinar on the topic on 3 rd February.

The SmartFusion2 KickStart Development Kit’s board features Microsemi’s low-power, single event upset (SEU)-immune SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA, a secure and integrated programmable device with 10,000 logic elements and a 166 MHz ARM Cortex-M3 processor. The kit is aimed at designers looking to use Microsemi’s SmartFusion2 in connected-devices, industrial networked equipment, medical networked products and other applications that require the highest levels of data communications security. A Windows app is used to control and view the steps to establish a secure Bluetooth Low Energy connection between a SmartFusion2 “server” and an Android “client.”

Engineeers interested in learning more about how to exploit the security features of the SmartFusion2 device to design a secure system can attend the Microsemi SmartFusion2 Data Security Webinar , Feb. 3, 2016 from 17:00 – 18:00 CET, 4:00 – 5:00pm GMT (8am-9am PST).

Features of the SmartFusion2 KickStart Development Kit data security demonstration include:

· Basic terminology for key usage and management

· Using certificates and public key infrastructure

· Establishing a secure channel using the Diffie-Hellman key agreement

· Using symmetric keys once authentication has completed

“The data security reference design for the KickStart Kit provides an easy-to-follow implementation of basic security building blocks,” said Stefan Rousseau, senior technical marketing engineer for Avnet. “Designers who are new to design for security should be able to understand and re-use the given examples, while others who are already familiar with these concepts will see how the secure elements and architecture of the SmartFusion2 SoC are used for securing the system.”





“Our newly available demonstrations of the SmartFusion2 KickStart Development Kit not only showcase its excellent data security capabilities, but they also demonstrate the feature rich architecture of the SmartFusion2,” said Ted Marena, director of SoC/FPGA marketing at Microsemi. “Customers can easily implement a broad range of applications and secured data communication by leveraging this