The ultimate in cryptographic performance density, customized for your ASIC or FPGA application

Athena's family of cryptography microprocessors is the product of five generations of development, spanning more than a decade. Fast and small, Athena cryptography microprocessors deliver truly impressive statistics in every category. With an area footprint that starts at 25K gates and ranges up, based on performance demand, Athena offers the smallest standalone Suite B cryptography solution available.

Athena cryptography microprocessors are purpose-built cryptographic CISC microprocessors, with embedded accelerators for specific algorithms and deeply integrated instructions that deliver maximum performance while providing software programmability. This powerful combination yields valuable dividends; instead of simply being able to perform one or two public key operations, Athena cryptography microprocessors can autonomously execute nearly any operation currently in commercial and government use with its COTS firmware load, delivering market leading performance-density (measured in operations per square micron or operations per joule).

Athena cryptography microprocessors are tightly integrated, single core solutions that provide fire-and-forget operation using a comprehensive set of C-language software drivers. Advanced integration options include AHB/AXI slave or bus mastering DMA interfaces, packetized communications, key management, and much more.