Established in 1992 and based in Cambridge, England, Helion Technology is a specialist provider of
data security and encryption IP, with a particular emphasis on high performance solutions in
ASIC and FPGA. We offer an extensive range of innovative and
product-proven security IP cores, backed by our expert design services and support capabilities.
We have been first to market
with numerous class leading security solutions, and our IP has been extensively deployed in real
products by our worldwide customer base. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and friendliness,
and willingness to go the extra mile to get the very best solution for our customers.
Helion is also a PREMIER member of the Xilinx Alliance program,
a founding member of the Actel CompanionCore IP provider program, and a LatticeCORE Connection partner.
Indeed Helion were the very first member of the original Xilinx Xperts program in Northern Europe when
it was first launched in 1998. We therefore take our FPGA implementations very seriously indeed.
Our cores have been designed from the ground up to be highly optimal in FPGA designs as well as ASIC;
they are not simply based on a generic ASIC design like much of the competition.
The Helion security cores make use of FPGA-specific architectural features; in fact in many cases we build-up
custom internal logic structures by hand, in order to achieve the very highest performance and most
efficient logic resource utilization. The benefits of this dedicated approach can be clearly demonstrated
by direct comparison between Helion cores and the equivalents from other vendors.
Products and Services
Although we specialise in providing the highest performance data encryption and authentication IP,
our interest does not stop there. Unlike broadline IP vendors who try to supply a very diverse range
of solutions, being specialists we can offer much more than just the IP core.
For instance, we are pleased to be able to supply up-front expert advice on any security applications
which might take advantage of our technology. Many of our customers are adding data security into their
existing systems for the first time, and are looking for a little assistance with how best to achieve this.
We are pleased to help with suitable advice and support where necessary, and pride ourselves in our
highly personal approach.
In addition, our Design Services team have an impressive track record in the
development of real security products for our customers; we are proud to have been involved in the design
of numerous highly acclaimed security products. This knowledge and experience is fed back into our IP cores,
to ensure that they are easy to integrate into real systems, and perform appropriately for real engineering
Our client list is long and varied. To learn more about the kind of work we do and the companies we work
with, please visit our clients page.