AIM is a programmable, embeddable security engine for communications equipment requiring high-grade cryptographic processing. The state-of-the-art AIM chip provides a secure, certifi ed hardware platform on which software emulations of cryptographic algorithms and higherlevel crypto applications can execute. AIM is totally programmable and supports interoperability with legacy equipment as well as modern network-centric systems and enables the products in which AIM is embedded to be modifi ed or upgraded in the future with a download of software. The AIM design includes three independent cryptographic processors (KMCE, PCE, CCE), which are tailored to effi ciently execute key management and traffi c encryption/decryption functions. Three package types of the AIM platform have been certifi ed by the U.S. Government to protect information through Top Secret Codeword.