E-HLU Programmable Embeddable
Information Systems Security (INFOSEC)
PROG/PROJ ELEMENT: 33401N
The Programmable Embeddable Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Product (PEIP), is a cryptographic core designated E-HLU. The E-HLU is a multichannel, reprogrammable, cryptographic processing unit that will support multiple (up to 10) algorithm applications and future evolution and deployment of new cryptographic algorithms. PEIP will support multiple algorithms by associating keying material with algorithms in a channel. The PEIP may be combined with custom input/output (I/O) modules to address the unique interface requirements of various applications. The PEIP will be able to download and store several algorithms, allowing it to switch between algorithms during operation. The PEIP will perform cryptographic functions such as encryption, decryption, key stream generation, authentication, security self-tests, and key management functions. The E-HLU must be hosted on a VME interface card providing application-specific input/output modules that address the unique interface requirements of various applications.
Phase 1 PEIP development will replace KG-38 clock start (CS) units to satisfy Submarine Low Frequency/Very Low Frequency (LF/VLF) Versa Module Eurocard (VME) Bus Receiver (SLVR) requirements. The KG-38 CS is a digital key generator used to provide security in point-to-point and broadcast communications systems. These units are a source of pseudorandom key bits used to provide encryption/decryption, bandspreading, and debandspreading of LF/VLF communication links. The combination E-HLU with SLVR interface nomenclatured is the KOV-17.
Phase 1 PEIP development will be receive-only, reprogrammable, and software-based cryptography. Phase 2 PEIP will include transmit capability. Phase 3 will include benign fill and benign key generation. All phases will support software downloads of new cryptographic algorithms and allow up to 10 algorithms to be configured per unit.
National Security Agency has determined that this product contains an embedded product that is Year 2000 compliant; NSA memo of 12 Jun 98 applies.
Size: PEIP is a single mezzanine board installed on a 6U form factor VME board and mounted in a host chassis containing other VME boards performing host system functions.
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Key Storage: 32 keys per algorithm, with possible 10 algorithms per unit
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