Many applications, such as cryptography and remote authentication, require high quality random number streams at high speed. Available pseudo-random generators can only provide numbers that appears to be random, but are instead truly deterministic. Only generators based on real random physical processes, among which the quantum mechanics, can guarantee that the generated streams are really random and thus make possible the design of unbreakable code.
The new Quantum Random Number (QRN) generator is based on the intrinsic statistical behaviour of a quantum detector ignited by electron-hole pair generated within a semiconductor, following a Poisson distribution. Such triggering is then used to extract random numbers by means of the MPD patent pending method.
Generation of high quality random number streams are typically required by cryptography, one-time-password, web-based authentication, Monte Carlo simulations, gambling machines, etc.
Iberoptics is distributor of Micro Photon Devices (MPD) in Spain and Portugal.