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VLSI Design
Volume 15 (2002), Issue 1, Pages 455-468

Low-power Implementation of an Encryption/Decryption System with Asynchronous Techniques

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, VLSI Design Laboratory, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

Received 19 February 2001; Revised 21 June 2001

Copyright © 2002 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An asynchronous VLSI implementation of the International Data Encryption Algorithm (IDEA) is presented in this paper. In order to evaluate the asynchronous design a synchronous version of the algorithm was also designed. VHDL hardware description language was used in order to describe the algorithm. By using Synopsys commercial available tools the VHDL code was synthesized. After placing and routing both designs were fabricated with 0.6 μm CMOS technology. With a system clock of up to 8 MHz and a power supply of 5 V the two chips were tested and evaluated comparing with the software implementation of the IDEA algorithm. This new approach proves efficiently the lowest power consumption of the asynchronous implementation compared to the existing synchronous. Therefore, the asynchronous chip performs efficiently in Wireless Encryption Protocols and high speed networks.