ECE 5760: Final Project

AES Encrypter/Decrypter


Ashwath Laxminarayana (

Ashkan Ravani (

Murali Venkatraman (

"AES implementation for Encryption and Decryption."

project soundbyte

Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), a Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS), is an approved cryptographic algorithm which can be used to protect electronic data. The main idea of this project is to demonstrate the acceleration that can be achieved in executing this computation intensive encryption/decryption algorithm on hardware. FPGAs with their highly parallel, reconfigurable architecture are best suited for this project. To achieve this, we plan to build an SoC system with a NIOS II softcore processor instantiated inside an Altera Cyclone IV FPGA. As an outcome of this project, we should be able to encrypt/decrypt a huge chunk of data read from an SD card. In addition, we expect the execution time to be much lower for the hardware implementation when compared to its software counterpart.


The overall system design