Lattice Secure Control FPGA Now NIST Certified

October 17, 2019 Brandon Lewis

Lattice Semiconductor’s MachXO3D FPGAs have been certified under NIST’s Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program (CAVP), which validates that the devices’ cryptographic algorithms comply with Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS).

MachXO3D secure system control FPGAs combine a secure, dual-boot configuration block with 9K LUTs to simplify establishing a hardware root of trust. Other device highlights include:

  • Embedded security block provides pre-verified support for cryptographic functions such as ECDSA256, ECIES, AES, SHA, HMAC, TRNG, Unique Secure ID, and public/private key generation
  • Secure configuration engine that only accepts FPGA configurations from trusted sources
  • Dual on-device configuration memories for fail-safe reprogramming of firmware
  • Up to 2700 Kb of Flash memory
  • Up to 430 Kb sysMEM embedded block RAM
  • Up to 383 I/Os (configurable to support LVCMOS 3.3 to 1.0)

Compliance with the NIST Platform Firmware Resilience specification and now CAVP affirms that MachX03D FPGAs are capable of detecting and preventing systems from unauthorized firmware accesses throughout their operational lifecycles, and also allowing them to recover safely.

For more information on the MachXO3D, visit

For more on the MachXO3D’s CAVP certification, visit


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Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for guiding the property's content strategy, editorial direction, and engineering community engagement, which includes IoT Design, Automotive Embedded Systems, the Power Page, Industrial AI & Machine Learning, and other publications. As an experienced technical journalist, editor, and reporter with an aptitude for identifying key technologies, products, and market trends in the embedded technology sector, he enjoys covering topics that range from development kits and tools to cyber security and technology business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached by email at

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