Microsemi SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 Product Families are First and Only FPGAs in the PLD Industry to Successfully Complete NSA Information Assurance Directorate Secure Implementation Guidelines Document Further Validates Microsemi FPGA Security Capabilities Leadership, Simplifies Information Assurance System Design

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the company's SmartFusion®2 SoC FPGA and IGLOO®2 FPGA product families are the first and only FPGAs to successfully complete the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) Secure Implementation Guidelines (SIG) document.

The NSA IAD set forth this process to provide an overview of design and data security features that are most relevant to a set of information assurance (IA) systems use models, and includes guidelines for security policies based on appropriate user scenarios. With clear implementation guidelines for using SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 FPGA devices, defense system designers are better able to address and mitigate security threats in secure communications and cyber security applications.

The Department of Defense (DoD) has positioned SIGs as a key element in the Trusted Systems and Networks (TSN) strategy. SIG for FPGAs is a new process that the NSA IAD is deploying based on system architect and program management demand from secure communications and cyber security defense contractors.

Completion of the IAD SIG is part of Microsemi's strategy to deliver the highest security solutions available today. This is an important validation of Microsemi's FPGA solutions used by defense system designers. According to Strategy Analytics Advanced Defense Systems (ADS), the military communications market is estimated to reach $30 billion by 2022.

"It is a significant FPGA industry achievement that Microsemi is the first to complete the IAD Secure Implementation Guideline," said Esam Elashmawi, Microsemi vice president and general manager, SoC Product Group. "The IAD SIG instills trust in our defense systems customers by validating our leading information assurance and anti-tamper security capabilities. It also reduces implementation risk as well as total cost of ownership when utilizing the embedded security features available only in Microsemi's SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 FPGAs."

Microsemi's root-of-trust FPGA solutions are well-positioned for the growing needs of not only defense applications, but for communications and industrial applications which require a high standard for security and reliability. Microsemi is the only vendor in the PLD industry to offer security for every aspect of the device lifecycle—from supply chain security, to IP protection, and acceleration of the design process by providing hardened cryptographic IP cores enabling security in the customer's design. 

Customers are able to directly request a copy of the SIG via a secure portal on the IAD website or through their IAD program sponsor.

For more information on Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA and IGLOO2 FPGA devices, visit www.microsemi.com. Customers can also contact Microsemi's sales team at sales.support@microsemi.com.

About Microsemi's SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 FPGAs Security Features

  • Supply chain security
    • Silicon biometrics, including Physically Unclonable Functions (PUFs) allow each device to be uniquely identified and cryptographically validated
      • Reduces the risk of counterfeiting, remarking and overbuilding
  • IP protection
    • AES 256 encrypted configuration files with SHA 256 based HMAC authentication
    • Processing is protected against Differential Power Analysis (DPA) with technology licensed from Cryptography Research Incorporated (CRI)
    • Publickey cryptographic cores – Elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) for secure distribution of keys
    • True random number generators
  • Data security
    • Hardened cryptographic accelerators for use in the end application
    • Pass through CRI license enables royalty free development of DPA protected algorithms using techniques patented by CRI

About SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs
SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs integrate inherently reliable flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 megahertz (MHz) ARM Cortex-M3 processor, advanced security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM and industry-required high performance communication interfaces, all on a single chip. Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs are designed to address fundamental requirements for advanced security, high reliability and low power in critical communications, industrial, defense, aviation and medical applications.

About IGLOO2 FPGAs
Microsemi's IGLOO2 FPGAs continue the company's focus on addressing the needs of today's cost-optimized FPGA markets by providing a LUT based fabric, 5Gbps transceivers, high speed GPIO, block RAM, a high-performance memory subsystem, and DSP blocks in a differentiated, cost and power optimized architecture. This next generation IGLOO2 architecture offers up to five times more logic density and three times more fabric performance than its predecessors and combines a non-volatile flash based fabric with the highest number of general purpose I/Os, 5Gbps SERDES interfaces and PCI Express end points when compared to other products in its class. IGLOO2 FPGAs offer best-in-class feature integration coupled with the lowest power, highest reliability and most advanced security in the industry.

About Microsemi

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 3,400 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.

Microsemi and the Microsemi logo are registered trademarks or service marks of Microsemi Corporation and/or its affiliates. Third-party trademarks and service marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Any statements set forth in this news release that are not entirely historical and factual in nature, including without limitation statements related to its SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA and IGLOO2 FPGA product families being the first and only FPGAs to successfully complete the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) Secure Implementation Guidelines (SIG) document, and its potential effects on future business, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, such factors as rapidly changing technology and product obsolescence, potential cost increases, variations in customer order preferences, weakness or competitive pricing environment of the marketplace, uncertain demand for and acceptance of the company's products, adverse circumstances in any of our end markets, results of in-process or planned development or marketing and promotional campaigns, difficulties foreseeing future demand, potential non-realization of expected orders or non-realization of backlog, product returns, product liability, and other potential unexpected business and economic conditions or adverse changes in current or expected industry conditions, difficulties and costs of protecting patents and other proprietary rights, inventory obsolescence and difficulties regarding customer qualification of products. In addition to these factors and any other factors mentioned elsewhere in this news release, the reader should refer as well to the factors, uncertainties or risks identified in the company's most recent Form 10-K and all subsequent Form 10-Q reports filed by Microsemi with the SEC. Additional risk factors may be identified from time to time in Microsemi's future filings. The forward-looking statements included in this release speak only as of the date hereof, and Microsemi does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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