Mind Chasers Inc.

Private Island

Open Source FPGA for Network Security, IoT, & Control

  • Have you ever wanted your very own Gigabit Ethernet MAC controller?
  • How about your own customizable Gigabit / 100 Mbit Ethernet switch?
  • Customizable real-time packet filtering, inspection, and mirroring? You got it!
  • Define the metrics you want and stream them to the host of your choice.
  • Route selected streams to a networked host for application processing.
  • Dozens of I/O available for controller applications
  • It's an FPGA and open source, so the applications are endless.
Private Island Conceptual Block Diagram for Network Security
FPGA microcontroller PHY PHY PHY debug expansion PWR Internet InternalNetwork Optional System Controller hide show all

We utilize an FPGA in order to build an open, trustworthy, and extensible foundation for packet processing, IoT, and control (e.g., sensors, motors, etc.)

When we filter certain addresses, ports, and / or protocols, we are able to confirm at the hardware layer that this has been accomplished. This is in stark contrast to off-the-shelf SoC implementations, which require developers & users to make assumptions of multiple layers (often opaque) being free of bugs, back doors, and resident spies / spyware.

The open FPGA-based architecture supports numerous, highly parallel functions implemented at Ethernet line rate (125 MHz x 8-bit), and our low-cost, Arduino form factor compatible development system supports Ethernet connectivity via two on-board Ethernet PHYs, ARM micro controller, and the expansion connector.

Private Island FPGA Modular Architecture
development block diagram

Documentation

Draft documentation is available here now, and instructional videos are coming soon.

Source Code

You can find source on Github: https://github.com/privateisland/privateisland

Our Development Board: Darsena

  • Arduino form-factor compatible with dozens of I/O for expansion and shield support
  • Lattice ECP5UM FPGA (45K LUTs with integrated PCS/SERDES)
  • Two Texas Instruments DP83867 Gigabit PHYs
  • NXP Kinetis K02 Microcontroller with ARM Cortex M4 core
  • Micron SPI ROM

Let us know if you want one.

Darsena, the Private Island Development Board
development block diagram
[ Page last updated: August 30, 2018 ]
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