We protect your critical systems.

Xiphera in brief

Xiphera Ltd. is a Finnish company designing hardware-based security solutions using standardised cryptographic algorithms. We have strong cryptographic expertise, extensive experience in system design, and deep knowledge on reprogrammable logic, enabling us to protect our customers’ critical information and assets.

Xiphera’s product portfolio consists of secure and efficient cryptographic Intellectual Property (IP) cores, designed for Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Our widely applicable solutions for various end markets offer our customers peace of mind in a dangerous world.

Our mission statement is to protect critical systems by designing security directly into hardware.

Strong academic background as a core competence.
Following industry’s development and innovations.
Uncompromised confidentiality with the customer.

Our story

The two co-founders of Xiphera, Matti Tommiska and Kimmo Järvinen, first worked together in an academic cryptographic project from 2002 to 2004, after which they continued to stay in touch for more than a decade. In 2016, they started to seriously discuss the widening gap between the strong theoretical foundation of cryptography and the often imperfect implementations of cryptography in mission critical systems.

Their conclusion was clear: everyone deserves security, but designing secure systems is not for everyone. Security is fundamentally based on cryptography, and a flawless implementation of cryptography is an absolute requirement for secure systems. Software-based implementations of cryptography inherently have more potential weaknesses than a hardware-based implementation. This observation crystallised the underlying business potential for a new company.

Xiphera Ltd. was founded in July 2017. The name and the logo were both selected to include the word ‘cipher’ to indicate the field of operation of the company. We are fully owned by private Finnish citizens with the two co-founders continuing to own the majority of shares.

We have grown organically in international markets, investing in further product development as well as widening the global partnership network. The number of employees has increased in both technical, marketing, and communications roles, still letting us to retain the nimbleness of a growth company.

Cryptography should never be considered stagnant, and we will follow the industry development and proactively react to and support new innovations and changes in standards and algorithms. Our ambition is to continue organical and profitable growth, explore even other target markets, and become a world-recognized expert and leader in hardware-based security and cryptography.

Our people

Matti Tommiska, PhD

CEO, Co-Founder

Matti is an electronics professional with 10 years of academic career followed by 13 years of expertise in international semiconductor business.

During his industry career he has worked for Spansion, Altera, and Intel in both technical and sales roles. He has significant experience of the semiconductor market, customer applications and the security challenges they face. Matti and the co-founder Kimmo have known each other already for two decades: was the supervisor for Kimmo’s master’s thesis in the early 2000’s.

Matti holds a doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Helsinki University of Technology (2005).

One of Matti’s hobbies since childhood has been chess, and his favorite openings include King’s Gambit when playing white, and King’s Indian Defence when playing black.

Contact: firstname.lastname@xiphera.com


Kimmo Järvinen, PhD

CTO, Co-Founder

Kimmo is a hardware cryptography engineer and researcher with almost 20 years of expertise of the field.

He has had academic research positions both in Finland (Aalto University and University of Helsinki) and Belgium (KU Leuven). His main expertise is designing FPGA-based secure and efficient coprocessors for modern cryptographic algorithms. He has authored more than 60 scientific publications about cryptography, cryptographic engineering, and secure embedded systems.

Kimmo holds a doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Helsinki University of Technology (2008).

Kimmo likes to spend his free time by taking photos with his camera. Some examples of Kimmo’s pictures can be seen on this website.

Contact: firstname.lastname@xiphera.com


Valtteri Marttila

Developer, M.Sc.Tech.

Valtteri is a product developer with an education and a background in electrical engineering.

Valtteri is a developer expert in FPGA, digital design and hardware. He holds a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering at Aalto University. According to Valtteri his greatest joy is executing innovations into action and solving product development dilemmas.

Valtteri is a Finnish Baseball enthusiast and represents in the Aalto University’s varsity team.

Contact: firstname.lastname@xiphera.com


Tuomo Tarvainen

System architect, B.Sc. (Automation engineering)

Tuomo is a system architect with more than 30 years experience in semiconductors and telecommunication.

During his career he has worked for Tecnomen, Micronas, Philips and Altera/Intel. He has significant experience in digital logic design including System-on-Chip (SoC).

Tuomo holds B.Sc in automation engineering from Helsinki Polytechnic Institute (HTOL, 1989). His hobbies are literature, fishing, farming, and woodworks.

Contact: firstname.lastname@xiphera.com


Atte Tommiska

Developer, mathematics student

Atte is a product developer who is currently in his final year of bachelor studies in engineering physics and mathematics.

Atte has his major studies in mathematics and system sciences at Aalto University. Atte is responsible for embedded system programming and has a great grasp on post quantum cryptography. He is a big fan of both programming and mathematics and working at Xiphera allows him to combine the two passions.

Outside of work or his studies, Atte enjoys playing Texas hold'em and challenging video games. He is also a basketball fan who likes to watch the NBA and play the beautiful game with his friends at the nearby courts in Otaniemi.

Contact: firstname.lastname@xiphera.com


Mimmi Kuusisaari

Marketing & communications coordinator, B.Sc.(Econ. & Bus. Adm.)

Mimmi brings in the visual eye, taking care of the company’s marketing and communications.

Besides working at Xiphera, she is studying for her M.Sc. degree in marketing at Aalto University. Mimmi connects her interest in marketing with a hobby in photography, as well as other visually inspiring things. She spends her free time with various sports including for example basketball, yoga, and jogging.

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Target Markets

Xiphera's products and solutions have applications in various markets, where the customers' security needs, threat model, and performance requirements vary. Depending on the use case, the focus can be either on performance or optimized resource use, or a balanced combination of them both.

Communications

Security has for a long time been an important factor in network design. The ongoing adoption of 5G technology further increases the need to properly plan and design security solutions into communications networks.

In addition to security, the communications market has a major focus on power consumption and performance measured as the achieved line rate in gigabits per second (Gbps). Example applications include both look-aside and inline acceleration of symmetric encryption at 10, 25, or 40 Gbps.

These line rates are an excellent fit for Intellectual Property (IP) cores running on FPGAs, since their performance, power consumption, and resource requirements in many cases clearly outperform software-based implementations.

Xiphera offers high-speed versions of IP cores and solutions targeting the performance requirements of demanding communications applications.


Industrial automation

Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 offer new business opportunities for traditional control and automation companies, but an absolute requirement for the business case to materialise is comprehensive end-to-end security from industrial end points (sensors, actuators, etc.) to the cloud.

High-level security goals are relatively easy to formulate, but translating these goals into concrete cryptographic implementations is an underestimated challenge.

Additional challenges include diverse platforms and hardware architectures, and lack of international security standards targeting the industrial market.

Xiphera offers compact versions of IP cores targeting the resource and performance requirements of industrial applications, and an FPGA-based security solution also enables the customers to standardize on a flexible and scalable platform with a long lifetime.

Critical infrastructure

The critical infrastructure (for example, governmental communications, utilities companies, military applications) market have the most advanced threat models, and in many cases quantum computing technology has to be taken into account when designing secure systems.

An FPGA-based implementation of security achieves a higher National Security Accreditation Authority (NCSA) Protection Level than a software-based solution, and another advantage for FPGAs is the relative ease of achieving red/black separation.

All Xiphera IP blocks execute in constant time making them resistant to timing side-channel attacks, and the integrated TRNG (True Random Number Generator) removes the need for an external TRNG chip, thus reducing the attack surface.