True random number generation exploiting quantum physics
ID Quantique was the first company to develop a quantum random number generator (RNG) in 2001 and it remains the market leader in terms of reliability, certifications and Swiss engineering, with its successive versions of hardware RNGs.
Random number generation is a critical security element in today’s connected world to ensure our safety and trusted communications. As the strength of any security system lies in the quality of the entropy source used for cryptographic keys, Random Number Generators must be invulnerable to prediction or bias and constantly provide true randomness.
Since 2001, ID Quantique is the market leader in Quantum Random Number Generation. The Quantis family of products is commonly used as a trusted source of randomness for multiple applications: to generate high-quality keys needed by cryptographic modules, to effectively protect access to private networks, servers, virtual machines and applications; to protect data integrity and confidentiality. Other applications include gaming, scientific simulations or modeling.
Today, systems that rely on deterministic processes such as Pseudo Random Number Generators (PRNGs) to generate randomness are not secure because they rely on deterministic – thus predictable – algorithms. A better solution is to use hardware random number generation. However, not all of them are equally good. Many still rely on classical physics processes that run in an uncontrolled and chaotic manner. Additionally, they heavily rely on post-processing algorithms – that are deterministic thus vulnerable – to provide randomness as the quality of their entropy source is not consistent.
Quantum RNGs exploit elementary quantum optic processes that are fundamentally probabilistic to produce true randomness. As the quantum processes underlying the QRNG are well understood and characterized, their inner working can be clearly modelized and controlled to always produce unpredictable randomness.
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As we enter the quantum decade, Quantum Random Number Generation has established itself as the reference in terms of security, reliability, and ease-of-use. Throughout the years, ID Quantique has kept pushing the boundaries of the technology to make it smaller, cheaper, and embeddable into any device.
The year 2020 has set a landmark for the QRNG revolution: a third Quantis QRNG chip form factor is launched and successfully integrated by key smartphone manufacturers, making quantum-enhanced security available to consumers all the way to the edge.
Quantis products use simple quantum physical processes that are intrinsically random to generate true randomness from the first bit. As the quantum processes underlying the QRNG are well understood and characterized, their inner working can be clearly modelized and controlled.
Quantis Quantum Random Number Generators (QRNG) embed elementary components that can be easily monitored to detect any failure or attacks. Environmental perturbations can be ruled out by simple health checks, guaranteeing QRNG always produce high quality entropy.
ID Quantique follows best practices and continually performs quality and security testing on its Quantis products to reach compliancy with the most demanding standards.
Quantis products have been certified by accredited test institutions worldwide to ensure national independence and quality.