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Fast AES cores


More and more applications today demand higher and higher data rates, and Helion believe that despite the technical challenges, it should not be the encryption processing which limits your performance. For this reason, Helion have developed a range of four AES core families each offering a different speed/area balance which together cover any throughput requirement up to more than 40Gbps; this way you can choose the most optimal fit for your particular requirement. In this section we look at the Fast AES core family.

Helion Fast AES Solutions

The Helion Fast AES core family is one of our higher-rate solutions, aimed at applications which require a few Gigabits per second throughput, combined with low latency. This core is perfect for many applications, for example high speed networking, multi-channel video encryption, or securing data storage. The result is a core with high throughput capabilities yet moderate logic area, spanning all ASIC and FPGA technologies.

The Fast AES family forms a very powerful and flexible platform. It has been designed in modular form and is supplied as a series of powerful, re-usable building blocks. This way, you can build up all kinds of interesting solutions where resources can be shared or replicated according to your exact requirements. The Fast family offers full AES encryption and decryption using any combination of the three AES key sizes (128-, 192-, and 256-bits). It can be used to implement any of the common block cipher modes as well as the more recent complex modes (take a look at our AES modes pages for more information). The table below outlines the kind of area and performance achievable using the Fast AES core.

Measured Area and Performance
128-bit keysize ECB Encryption including hardware key expansion

ASIC (0.13um CMOS) >3 Gbps <27k gates -
Altera Cyclone III/IV (C6) >2.0 Gbps 906 LEs 10 M9Ks
Altera Cyclone V (C6) >2.4 Gbps 1192 ALMs -
Altera Arria II GX (C4) >3.0 Gbps 465 ALMs 10 M9Ks
Altera Arria V GX (C4) >2.7 Gbps 1195 ALMs -
Altera Arria V GZ (C3) >4.4 Gbps 1213 ALMs -
Altera Arria 10 (E1S) >5.4 Gbps 1224 ALMs -
Altera Stratix IV (C2) >3.2 Gbps 487 ALMs 10 M9Ks
Altera Stratix V (C1) >5.8 Gbps 1223 ALMs -
Lattice ECP3 (-8) >1.8 Gbps 465 slices 10 RAMs
Microsemi AX/RTAX (-2) >1.4 Gbps 1680 cells 20 RAMs
Microsemi ProASIC3 (-2) >1.1 Gbps 2003 tiles 10 RAMs
Xilinx Spartan-3A (-5) >1.6 Gbps 392 slices 10 RAMB16s
Xilinx Spartan-6 (-2) >1.8 Gbps 332 slices -
Xilinx Artix-7 (-3) >3.4 Gbps 332 slices -
Xilinx Virtex-5 (-3) >4.2 Gbps 342 slices -
Xilinx Virtex-6 (-3) >5.2 Gbps 331 slices -
Xilinx Virtex-7 (-3) >5.6 Gbps 330 slices -
Xilinx Kintex-7 (-3) >5.6 Gbps 330 slices -
Xilinx UltraSCALE (-2) >6.5 Gbps 266 CLBs -
Xilinx UltraSCALE+ (-2) >7.2 Gbps 250 CLBs -

If the performance of the Helion Fast AES core does not match your needs, try looking at our Giga AES cores if you need to go faster, or our Standard AES cores if you are able to run at a lower rate.

Product Briefs

For full details of all the Helion AES core options, please download the appropriate Product Brief in PDF format below.

AES Cores - ASIC
AES Cores - FPGA
Click here for an easy to read overview on AES in hardware (PDF format)


For more detailed information on this or any of our other products and services, please feel free to email us at helioncores@heliontech.com and we will be pleased to discuss how we can assist with your individual requirements.

Product Brief Quicklinks
What about FIPS compliance?

All Helion AES cores have been successfully FIPS certified. Click here for full details.....
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Take a look at our Whitepaper for an easy to read overview on AES in hardware.....

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