Autotalks Turns to Athena for its Truly Secure V2X Solution

Press Release ( - NETANYA, Israel - Feb 28, 2017 - After years of development, testing and prototyping, Autotalks’ 2nd generation V2X solution is mass-market ready and, starting in 2019, will be implemented in new cars. To satisfy critical security demands of Autotalks’ V2X communications architecture, Athena’s TeraFire® EC Ultra security microprocessors are embedded to authenticate each incoming packet received.

As DSRC-based V2X technology develops, it is clear that one of the most important challenges, which is categorically met by Autotalks, is security. The recent notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) of the U.S. Department of Transportation also mentions that multilayer security is desired for reducing the probability of attackers’ success and for mitigating potential damage.

Security with multiple defense layers is one of the main advantages that sets Autotalks apart. The outer protection layer authenticates all messages using Athena’s TeraFire EC Ultra, which is capable of cryptographic agility to support additional and more complicated security algorithms. Ultra-low latency assures that messages are processed in real-time without waiting on availability of shared resources.

“We see Athena as the market leader in cryptographic processors. Athena’s TeraFire EC Ultra is the ideal solution to the ‘Verify-All’ requirement of our V2X solution,” said Amos Freund, Vice President of R&D at Autotalks. “Our 2nd generation chipsets are the most secure, as we strive to offer a superior product that will exceed all the requirements and expectations proposed by OEMs, Tier1s, and the released NPRM.”

“Autotalks’ in-depth knowledge of V2X Cybersecurity requirements and architecture have helped Athena define a new generation of cryptographic accelerators,” says Stuart Audley, Vice President of Engineering at Athena. “Through our seven-year partnership, Autotalks’ commitment to Verify-All and leadership in the V2X markets have helped Athena to create and launch EC Ultra, which is by an order of magnitude the most powerful and most efficient standalone Elliptic Curve and Public Key microprocessor on the market.

About The Athena Group, Inc.

Athena is a leading provider of security, cryptography, anti-tamper, and signal processing IP cores to many of the world’s largest semiconductor companies, defense contractors, and OEMs, as well as emerging providers. Embedded in millions of ASIC and FPGA devices, Athena technologies enable high-value solutions where security and performance are mission critical – defense and aerospace, vehicle safety (V2V, V2X, telematics), networking and communications, satellites, cellular base stations, handsets, the Internet of Things (IoT), and more.

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About Autotalks

Autotalks, founded in 2008, enables the V2X communication revolution by providing an automotive qualified chipset that supports all functions required from a V2X ECU. Autotalks’ technology addresses all key V2X challenges: communication reliability, security, positioning accuracy and vehicle installation. Autotalks provides OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 vendors a V2X solution which is in mass market production. The company’s pre-integrated chipset is designed to shorten development schedules and reduce costs and includes a uniquely viable V2X security solution.

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