Ironwood Key Agreement Protocol for Intel MAX 10

Block Diagram

Solution Type: Qsys Component

End Market: Automotive, Consumer, Industrial, Medical, Military, Wireless

Evaluation Method: Source Code

Technology: Basic Functions: Miscellaneous

MAX Series: Intel® MAX® 10


The Ironwood Key Agreement Protocol is implemented partially in Nios II software and partially in programmable logic. The function is a Diffie-Hellman-like key agreement protocol that enables two parties to generate a shared secret over an open channel without any prior communication.


  • •\tPerforms a shared secret calculation in under 5ms
  • •\tMethod is resistant to all known Quantum computing attacks
  • •\tThe fastest shared secret computation endpoint can be assigned to whatever device it is talking to

Device Utilization and Performance

Logic Cells = 7464 Dedicated Logic Registers = 2902 Memory Bits = 258048 M9K’s = 48

Getting Started

Contact SecureRF Corp. for Quick-start guide.

IP Quality Metrics

Year IP was first released2018
Latest version of Quartus supported18.0
Altera Customer Use
IP has been successfully implemented in production with at least one customerN

Customer deliverables include the following:

  • Design file (encrypted source code or post-synthesis netlist)
  • Simulation model for ModelSim Altera edition
  • Timing and/or layout constraints
  • Testbench or design example
  • Documentation with revision control
  • Readme file
Any additional customer deliverables provided with IP
Detailed protocol description
Parameterization GUI allowing end user to configure IPN
IP core is enabled for OpenCore Plus SupportN
Source language
Testbench languageVerilog
Software drivers providedY
Driver OS supportLinux
User InterfaceAvalon-MM
IP-XACT Metadata includedN
Simulators supportedModelSim
Hardware validated Y. Altera Board Name On Intel MAX 10 evaluation board
Industry standard compliance testing performed
If No, is it planned?Y
IP has undergone interoperability testing
Interoperability reports available  Y

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