Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
Keller M., Marnane W.P.
Journal of Low Power Electronics
Low Energy ASIC Elliptic Curve Processor
Optional Fields
Elliptic curve cryptography, low energy, ASIC, characteristic 2 finite field
Elliptic curve cryptography is highly suited for implementation in resource constrained environments, however, dedicated hardware accelerators are necessary to provide the low power/energy security required in small, battery powered devices. This paper presents a low energy ASIC implementation of a characteristic 2 elliptic curve processor which consumes minimal energy per point multiplication, thereby prolonging battery life in constrained devices. Energy consumption is minimised by using low power design techniques in conjunction with an efficient, low area architecture in order to reduce the power consumption while maintaining a low number of clock cycles per operation. The energy/power/area trade-off is explored. In 0.13 μm CMOS technology the architecture consumes a minimum of 1.32μJ at 500 kHz using a digit size of 15 and 24.6 kgates. The best area/energy trade off was 1.43μJ at 500 kHz using a digit size of 11 and 22.3 kgates
Grant Details
Enterprise Ireland
Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (RS/2004/67), Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund Technology Development programme (TD/2005/204)