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New Xilinx FPGA-optimized IP enables complex content inspection at the highest line rates

Posted on September 08, 2016

Titan IC, a pioneer in cyber security, a spin-out out of Queens’ University Belfast’s Centre for Secure Information Technologies, and a new member of the Xilinx Alliance Program, announced that it has worked closely with Xilinx to optimizs its Helios Regular Expression (RegEx) Processor as a licenseable soft Intellectual Property (IP) core for Xilinx FPGAs. The Helios RegEx core addresses serious security problems effecting DDoS mitigation, Intrusion Prevention, and Data Loss Prevention systems.

Providing ever escalating traffic throughput while protecting with complex content inspection, even while under attack, is very difficult. Understanding and interpreting network traffic requires RegEx processing, which is so compute and power intensive that often times it either drags down network throughput or is bypassed leading to breaches.

Titan IC’s Helios is a specialized RegEx processor, comprised of a highly parallel architecture, capable of executing up to 16,000 simultaneous RegEx matching tasks by hundreds of custom purpose engines, optimized for Xilinx FPGA technology. Helios is tailored to take full advantage of the enormous embedded memory bandwidth and density of the latest Xilinx UltraScale™ FPGA technology, enabling unprecedented RegEx offload capabilities.

“RSA is the perfect place to be making this exciting announcement,” said Noel McKenna, CEO, Titan IC. He continued, “The rollout of Titan IC’s Helios RegEx IP core coupled with Xilinx’s UltraScale™ devices gives the Content Inspection technology a great starting point with 10G, 20G, 40G and 80G RegEx throughput today. Xilinx’s rapid succession of leadership programmable platforms ensures a strong future.”

“We’re delighted to be the platform of choice for Titan IC Content Inspection technology and to add their critical RegEx IP core to the Xilinx Alliance Member offerings,” said Gilles Garcia, Director of Wired Communications at Xilinx. “Titan is providing a crucial piece for our mutual OEM customers’ security solutions, helping to prevent network security breaches in high-speed networks, including on-the-fly updates to counter Zero Day attacks."

Helios Content Inspection on the Xilinx UltraScale™ platform is being demonstrated at RSA at the Titan booth (N3008). Titan is now accepting orders and will begin delivering the Helios IP core in March 2016.