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Fast Hashing Cores


The Helion Fast Hashing cores provide the most area efficient, high performance hashing solutions available for use in ASIC or Xilinx, Altera, Microsemi (Actel) and Lattice FPGA families. The cores have been highly optimised for each technology by utilising the most efficient combination of logic and memory resources available to provide a family of high rate hashing solutions.

They are ideal for use in high data rate designs where acceleration of one or more hashing algorithms (with or without HMAC) are needed for applications such as Digital signatures, authentication, and integrity checking. The Fast Hashing cores can support full state unload and reload to enable efficient hashing of fragmented, or packet-based, message streams.

The Fast Hashing cores support single or dual-mode operation to provide efficient solutions where multiple hash algorithms must be used e.g. IPsec where Keyed HMAC based on MD5, SHA-1 and SHA-2 algorithms is used for authentication and integrity checking.

Measured Performance
ASIC (0.13um CMOS) >2.2 Gbps <16K gates -
Altera Cyclone IV (C6) >1.1 Gbps 1281 LEs 3 M9Ks
Altera Cyclone V (C6) >1.4 Gbps 503 ALMs 3 M10Ks
Altera Cyclone 10 GX (E5) >2.5 Gbps 516 ALMs 3 M20Ks
Altera Arria II GX (C4) >1.8 Gbps 541 ALMs 3 M9Ks
Altera Arria V GX (C4) >1.4 Gbps 498 ALMs 3 M10Ks
Altera Arria 10 (E1S) >2.7 Gbps 522 ALMs 3 M20Ks
Altera Stratix IV (C2) >2.3 Gbps 545 ALMs 3 M9Ks
Altera Stratix V (C1) >3.1 Gbps 511 ALMs 3 M20Ks
Lattice ECP3 (-8) >1.2 Gbps 673 slices -
Microsemi RTAX (-1) >510 Mbps 2348 cells -
Xilinx Spartan-3A (-5) >760 Mbps 464 slices -
Xilinx Spartan-6 (-3) >1.5 Gbps 214 slices -
Xilinx Artix-7 (-3) >1.7 Gbps 207 slices -
Xilinx Virtex-5 (-3) >2.0 Gbps 207 slices -
Xilinx Virtex-6 (-3) >2.5 Gbps 209 slices -
Xilinx Virtex-7 (-3) >2.5 Gbps 206 slices -
Xilinx Kintex-7 (-3) >2.5 Gbps 206 slices -
Xilinx UltraSCALE (-2) >2.5 Gbps 154 CLBs -
Xilinx UltraSCALE+ (-2) >3.4 Gbps 169 CLBs -

The table above shows resource and data throughput metrics for the Fast SHA-1 core. Please see the datasheet for your chosen technology for metrics of other core versions.

If you are looking for a lower resource, lower data rate solution than the Fast Hashing core family, please consider our Tiny Hashing core family.

Product Briefs

For full details of all the Helion Fast Hash cores, please download the appropriate Product Brief in PDF format below.

Fast Hash Cores - ASIC
Fast Hash Cores - FPGA


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
Fast Hash Cores - ASIC
Fast Hash Cores - FPGA

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