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June 29th, 2010

Nanoscale Random Number Circuit to Secure Future Chips

Abstract:
It might sound like the last thing you need in a precise piece of hardware, but engineers at Intel are pretty pleased to have found a way to build a circuit capable of random behavior into computer processors.

Generating randomness--an unpredictable stream of numbers--is much harder than you might think. It's also crucial to creating the secure cryptographic keys needed to keep data safe. Building a random-number-generating ability into the Central Processing Unit (CPU) at a computer's heart is ideal, says Ram Krishnamurthy, an engineer at Intel's Microprocessor Technology Labs, in Hillsboro, OR.

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