Kryptor FPGA

by Skudo OÜ

A one-chip hardware security module (HSM) and MAX10 FPGA dev board

View all updates Aug 05, 2021

We're Almost Ready to Launch our Campaign!

by Piret Uustal

Hello everyone!

First of all, we’d like to share our most important news: the SKUDO Kryptor campaign is going live in about two weeks! You will be able to reserve your boards starting on August 17th.

Our Work With the ESA

Over the past year, in addition to our efforts to bring SKUDO Kryptor to the maker community, we have been busy developing hardware-security-module (HSM) functionality for a very particular (and very interesting) sector: space applications.

In the summer of 2020, SKUDO signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop and demonstrate an encryption solution that combines the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) Space-Data Link Protocol (SDLS) telecommand/telemetry (TC/TM) protocols with a public-key infrastructure (PKI), asymmetric cryptography functions, and our own HSM FPGA chip.

The boards that we are making available through this campaign will be the same (aside from a different MAX10 model) as those used for the ESA project, and the HSM softcore functions used for that contract are derived from the ones that will be provided to our SKUDO Kryptor backers. We are extremely excited to be able to bring the technology from our space projects to a wider audience so that the maker community can benefit from this level of encryption.

Stay tuned for more details!

Our New JTAG Adapter

Regarding the new JTAG adapter we discussed in a previous update, we can now confirm that it behaves smoothly and in accordance with our expectations. Testing was successful, and we now use it regularly for many of our projects. Thanks to the simple pogo-pin mechanism we adopted, it is now extremely easy to attach the adapter and program SKUDO Kryptor’s FPGA chip. To do so, you can just follow the two guiding pin headers and the connection will be kept under pressure due to loaded springs. All it takes is a couple of fingers on one hand!

During the campaign, we will send you instructions and a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the JTAG connector to re-program SKUDO Kryptor’s FPGA chip. So be sure to register for campaign updates so we can keep you informed!

Meanwhile, you are welcome to join us on Telegram or on Twitter @SkudoTech

About the Author

Piret Uustal

$11,358 raised

of $13,000 goal

87% Funded

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SKUDO Kryptor FPGA Board

One SKUDO Kryptor FPGA board, one voucher for a free Skudo HSM softcore download, one BB-170 Solderless Plug-In Breadboard, and six male/female 10 cm jumper wires.


Two-Pack of SKUDO Kryptor FPGA Boards

Two SKUDO Kryptor FPGA boards, two vouchers for a free Skudo HSM softcore download, two BB-170 Solderless Plug-In Breadboards, and 12 male/female 10 cm jumper wires.


SKUDO Kryptor JTAG adapter

Adapter with pogo pins that connects a USB Blaster to the SKUDO Kryptor FPGA board to reprogram it using its JTAG interface.


USB Blaster

An FPGA programmer that you can use to reprogram Skudo Kryptor through its JTAG interface.


Skudo OÜ

Skudo is an European company offering deep-tech cybersecurity and hardware based encryption for high level niche markets (space, critical infrastructure, IoT etc.) We realized that for guaranteeing the highest level of security that these fields require, the hardware encryption is a must, but the commercial hardware encryption solutions available on the market did not match our clients needs. Hence, we decided to build it ourselves.

Stefano Alberico

Piret Uustal



PCB fabrication & assembly

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