Algotronix Releases Random Number Generator Core

Algotronix Ltd., Edinburgh, UK announces that it has released an intellectual property (IP) core for Random Number Generation. 

It is available as an IP core for FPGAs or SoC technology to cover a wide range of needs for cryptographic systemsand complies with the requirements of NIST SP800-90A.  The efficient architectural design allows the core to be used on lowcost or high performance FPGAs.

“This new core gives customers a one-stop source for random number and keywrapIP” saidTom Kean, Algotronix Managing Director.  “The RNG core rounds out our crypto portfolioto complement our wide range of AES-based encryption products”.

The core provides a Deterministic Random Bit Generator (DRBG) based on the Advanced Encryption Algorithm (AES).  The encryption engine uses the CTR-DRBG algorithm to compute a user specified number of random bits athigh speed.  The core also offersresistance to physical attackssuch as interfering with the power supply voltage or temperature.A Health Check block contains logic to isolate the RNG from external signals and conduct complex tests.  Should the health check fail then the core is designed to lock-up until reset to prevent compromising security.  The AES core can even be shared across several functions in asecurity subsystem to save area. 

Commenting on the new products, Paul Dillien, a consultant from High Tech Marketing in the UK said, “It is important that customers use highquality random values in their encryption schemes.  Random Number Generators used for creating keys are a primary weakpoint in most cryptographic systems and a frequent target of attack.  The DRBG provides this quality to make attacking the system to try to compromise the RNG as hard ascracking the algorithm used to encrypt the data”.

The RNG core is available now as an IP core in RTL source code, and features a comprehensive test bench and set of test vectors including the Known Answer Tests.

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About Algotronix

Algotronix is based in the UK and was established in 1998.  It has a proprietary range of advanced crypto IP products.   The products have been designed into military, wired and wireless communications, gaming and other secure applications around the world.  

About High Tech Marketing

High Tech Marketing offers a range of consultancy, marketing and sales services to the semiconductor and electronics industries.These include marketing planning, product positioning, competitive analysis and customer related activities.


Paul Dillien
High Tech Marketing
Tel: +44 (0)7786 234904

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