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Advanced INFOSEC Machine II

The Advanced INFOSEC Machine II, or AIM II, is an embeddable cryptographic core (processor) developed by General Dynamics C4 Systems in Scottsdale, Arizona (USA), and introduced in 2011. AIM II is an NSA-approved Type-1 encryption product and is the successor to the original AIM that was developed in 2001 by Motorola, shortly before it was acquired by General Dynamics.

AIM II is a further development of the original AIM and is fully backward compatible with it. It was developed for the software-defined Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) produced by Thales and General Dynamics. In addition to a number of (speed) improvements and additional cryptographic functions, such as elliptical curve algorithms, AIM II is fully programmable.

AIM II can be used in Type-1 and non-Type-1 products and is not classified. In fact, it is not even considered a Controlled Cryptographic Item (CCI) unless loaded with a Type-1 key [2].
Image copyright General Dynamics [3]

Detailed information and brochures are available from the General Dynamics website [3].

Cryptographic algorithms
The following cryptographic algorithms are supported by AIM II [2]:

  • Accordion
  • Acme 1
  • AES (AIM)
  • Benign Techniques 1
  • Crayon
  • DES, 3DES
  • DSA (Digital Signature Algorithm)
  • ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptography) 1
  • ECDSA (Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm) 1
  • Firefly
  • Jackknife
  • Joseki 1
  • Keesee
  • Mark XII (Cadmus)
  • Medley
  • Phalanx
  • SHA-1/256/384/512
  • Shillelagh 1
  • Vallor
  • Weasel
  1. Added since the original AIM.

AIM II is compatible and interoperable with the following devices and techniques [2]:

  1. Compatibility with these products is currently under development (2013).

  1. General Dynamics, Advanced INFOSEC Machine (AIM)
    March 2008. Retrieved March 2013.

  2. General Dynamics, AIM II - Embeddable Programmable Security
    January 2011. Retrieved March 2013.

  3. General Dynamics C4 Systems, Advanced INFOSEC Machine (AIM) Family
    Retrieved march 2013.
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