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DesignShield Development Tool to Provide Security in Aerospace, Defense and High-Assurance Systems

Microchip's DesignShield Development Tool
Microchip's DesignShield Development Tool

Microchip has introduced a new DesignShield development tool that prevents malicious extraction of Critical Program Information (CPI) via FPGAs. This new tool protects the developers of aerospace, defense, and other high-assurance systems from cybercriminals who want to acquire an FPGA’s bitstream from the fielded system.


The DesignShield deters reverse-engineering of the bitstream, which can often include CPI, by obscuring its logical equivalent using a combination of logic and routing-based encryption techniques. This feature helps in improving design security and integrity while reducing system corruption risk. It also restricts non-authorized agents from using the custom code, intellectual property, or information critical to national security.


Features Polarfire FPGA Family

  • 250 Mbps to 12.7 Gbps transceivers
  • 100K to 500K Logic Elements (LEs), up to 33 MB of RAM
  • Up to 50% lower power consumption than similar devices
  • PCIe Gen 2 support in devices as low as 10K LE
  • Cost-optimized, lowest power in their class
  • Best-in-class security and exceptional reliability


Note: More technical information can be found on the Polarfire FPGA Family product page.

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