Cryptographic Algorithms on Reconfigurable Hardware

Part of the series Signals and Communication Technology pp 35-62

Reconfigurable Hardware Technology

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An FPGA is an integrated circuit that belongs to a family of programmable devices called Programmable Logic Devices (PLDs). An FPGA contains tenths of thousands of building blocks, known as Configuration Logic Blocks (CLB) connected through programmable interconnections. Those CLBs can be reconfigured by the designers themselves resulting in a functionally new digital circuit, this way, virtually any kind of digital circuit can be implemented using FPGAs [11, 272, 304, 244].