KIV-7 Family

The KIV-7 family of embeddable KG-84 communications security (COMSEC) modules are lightweight, compact, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) cryptographic devices that provide protection for digital and voice communications. The KIV-7 provides security protection through TOP SECRET, depending on the classification of the fill key. There are currently three models in the KIV-7 family: the normal speed (KIV-7), the high-speed (KIV-7HS), and the high-speed revision A (KIV-7HSA). The KIV-7 cryptographic device was designed as a miniaturized KG-84A/C and intended to be completely interoperable with KG-84A/Cs, however, the KIV-7 and the KIV-7HS contain the Windster processor chip, which has some performance anomalies that prevent total KG-84A/C interoperability. The KIV-7HSA with the Presidio processor chip is being evaluated to ensure it resolves the Windster chip anomalies and is scheduled to be available in the year 2000. Only the high-speed version (KIV-7HS) is now being manufactured. The miniaturization of the KIV-7 family units makes them suitable for space and load constrained environments (e.g., aboard submarines or vehicle mount).

The KIV-7 has storage for up to 10 traffic encryption keys, which simplifies multinet communications. A removable cryptographic ignition key (CIK) prevents unauthorized access and protects all internally stored keys. The KIV-7 fill interface is compatible with both DS-101 (AN/CYZ-10 Data Transfer Device [DTD]) and DS-102 (KYK-13, KYX-15, KOI-18) common fill devices. When unkeyed or when the CIK is removed; and not collocated, the KIV-7 is handled as an UNCLASSIFIED controlled cryptographic item (CCI). When the KIV-7 is keyed, it is handled at the classification level of the highest level of stored key.
 
 

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The KIV-7 was originally designed in 1992 by Allied Signal as a single channel encryptor. It is the workhorse for the US government. (Photo courtesy of U.S.N)

The KIV-7 Rack Assembly provides both electrical and mechanical interfaces to accommodate 2, 4, or 8 KIV-7 units. The 19-inch rack assembly is designed for installation into any standard 19-inch cabinet that meets the design requirements of RS-410. The Pulse Engineering KIV-7 Dual Slot Frame Model 3014-1 contains one auto ranging power supply (85-260 VAC) for standard line power operation. The Pulse Engineering KIV-7 Dual Slot Frame Model 3014-2 contains two power supplies (85-132 VAC, a redundant with automatic switch-over) for standard line power operation. The Pulse Engineering KIV-7 Four Slot Frame Model 3016-1 contains one auto ranging power supply (100-240 VAC) for standard line power operation. The Pulse Engineering KIV-7 Four Slot Frame Model 3016-2 contains two auto ranging power supplies (100-240 VAC, a redundant with automatic switch-over) for standard line power operation. The Pulse Engineering KIV-7 Eight Slot Frame Model 3018-1 contains one auto ranging power supply (100-240 VAC) for standard line power operation. The Pulse Engineering KIV-7 Eight Slot Frame Model 3018-2 contains two auto ranging power supplies (100-240 VAC, a redundant with automatic switch-over) for standard line power operation. The Rainbow Mykotronx KIV-7 Eight Slot Frame, P/N 4061242-0501, contains two auto ranging power supplies (115 VAC, a redundant with automatic switch-over) for standard line power operation.

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As of 2012, four generations of KIV-7 link encryptors have secured critical tactical and strategic communication channels for government agencies and departments. It is the key component for securing the SIPRNET and teleconferencing links and was one of the first CCEP products certified by NSA .  (Photo by Ralph Simpson) 
CHARACTERISTICS
EQUIPMENT
HEIGHT (in)
WIDTH (in)
DEPTH (in)
WEIGHT (lb)
DATA RATE
KIV-7  1.68  5.88  8.00  3.0 512 Kbps - synchronous;
32 kbps  asynchronous
KIV-7HS  1.68  5.88  8.00  3.0  1.544 Mbps - synchronous; 
288  kbps - asynchronous
KIV-7HSA 1.68  5.88  8.00   3.0 2.048 Mbps - synchronous; 
288  kbps - asynchronous
KIV-7HSB         Speeds up to 2.048 Mbit/s
KIV-7M         Speeds up to 50 Mbit/s and also the High Assurance Internet Protocol Interoperability Specification (HAIPIS)

KIV-7/7HS/7HSA
Power: 5.0 Vdc, 3 W Typical, 5 W Maximum, 3.6 Vdc Lithium battery

Environmental:

Operating Temperature: 0°C to +55°C
Humidity: 10 to 90% Non-condensing
Vibration: 2g rms, 50 to 2000 Hz random, 10 minutes per axis

MTBF:

> 77,000 hours @ +25°C, Ground Benign Environment
> 17,000 hours @ +25°C, Naval Sheltered Environment

Manufacturer: Rainbow Mykotronx Inc;.Pulse Engineering

Unit Price:

KIV-7 No longer produced
KIV-7HS $3,355    (Jan, 2001)
KIV-7HSA $3,900 (Jan, 2001)


Credits and Contributors:

1) US Navy COMSEC web page. https://infosec.navy.mil/TEST/PRODUCTS/CRYPTO
2) Ralph Simpson <ralphenator(at)gmail.com>
3) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KIV-7

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