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Fast elliptic curve cryptographic processor architecture based on three parallel GF(2k) bit level pipelined digit serial multipliers

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1 Author(s)
Abdul-Aziz Gutub, A. ; Dept. of Comput. Eng., King Fahd Univ. of Pet. & Miner., Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Unusual processor architecture for elliptic curve encryption is proposed in this paper. The architecture exploits projective coordinates (x=X/Z, y=Y/Z) to convert GF(2k) division needed in elliptic point operations into several multiplication steps. The processor has three GF(2k) multipliers implemented using bit-level pipelined digit serial computation. It is shown that this results in a faster operation than using fully parallel multipliers with the added advantage of requiring less area. The proposed architecture is a serious contender for implementing data security systems based on elliptic curve cryptography.

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Electronics, Circuits and Systems, 2003. ICECS 2003. Proceedings of the 2003 10th IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:1 )

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14-17 Dec. 2003

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