Fraunhofer IPMS secures data with MACsec controller IP core

At Embedded World next week, Fraunhofer IPMS (Institute for Photonic Microsystems) will present the MACsec (media access control security) controller IP core for secure data. 

According to the institute, data security is one of the most important issues in today’s digital age as increasing system attacks and cybercrime make it necessary to secure data in new ways. It provides authentication, integrity and encryption of data between different nodes of a LAN (local area network) and has been developing and licensing IP cores to companies from a wide range of industries around the world for 20 years. Increasing digitalisation and the growing danger of cyberattacks make it necessary to continuously adapt and further develop IP cores as the only way to ensure data security in the future.

The MACsec controller IP core implements the latest Ethernet security standards, said Fraunhofer IPMS. The controller IP core implements the Layer 2 security standard specified in IEEE 802.1AE. 

“MACsec protects Ethernet connections at the second layer of the OSI model by using a combination of authentication, encryption, and integrity protection to ensure that only authorised nodes communicate on the network, that traffic remains confidential, and that data integrity is ensured,” explained Dr Frank Deicke, division director DCC at Fraunhofer IPMS. 

The MACsec can be used with Fraunhofer IPMS’ LLEMAC IP core, as well as any other Ethernet MAC IP core and in standalone mode. System integration is easy, said Fraunhofer IPMS, due to the platform independence. The MACsec can be integrated on every FGPA as well as ASIC. 

Fraunhofer IPMS will present the MACsec at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany (14 to 16 March) Hall 4-457. 

In addition to licensing IP cores, the institute also offers integration support and customer-specific adaptations and extensions. 

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, based in Germany is claimed to be the world’s leading applied research organisation. Prioritising key future-relevant technologies and commercialising its findings in business and industry, it plays a major role in the innovation process. 

Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 76 institutes and research units throughout Germany. 

Fraunhofer IPMS (Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS) stands for applied research and development in the fields of industrial manufacturing, medical technology and mobility. Fraunhofer IPMS works on electronic, mechanical and optical components and their integration into miniaturised devices and systems. Services range from conception and product development to pilot production in its own laboratories and clean rooms. The business unit DCC develops and licenses IP cores such as CAN, LIN, Ethernet TSN and RISC-V to companies from various industries worldwide with a special focus on automotive functional safety according to ISO-26262. 

In addition, Fraunhofer IPMS offers integration support, customer-specific adaptations, and extensions, as well as analogue and mixed-signal design for specific solutions.

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