CryptoCape Hookup Guide

Contributors: jbdatko, CaseyTheRobot
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What is a CryptoCape?

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The CryptoCape is a collaboration with Hacker In Residence alumni Josh Datko. The CryptoCape is the BeagleBone’s first dedicated security daughterboard. Known as “shields” on other platforms, a BeagleBone cape attaches to the expansion headers of the BeagleBone Black. This cape adds specialized ICs that perform various cryptographic operations which will allow you to add a hardware security layer to your BeagleBone project. It also is a nice device for those performing embedded security research.

In this tutorial, we’ll tour the features on the CryptoCape and show you the software resources available for you to start using the device.

Required Materials

Aside from the CryptoCape, you’ll also need the following items:

Suggested Reading

Before getting into this tutorial, make sure you’re familiar with the concepts below: