New chips with a quantum random number generator will soon make digital devices unbreakable

New chips with a quantum random number generator will soon make digital devices unbreakable

Quantum Random Number Generation (QRNG) for mobile phones and IoT

Researchers have created a compact chip that uses quantum technology to generate random numbers. Once integrated into more complex systems, it will be impossible to hack them..

Computer security is based on random numbers, but due to the limitations of conventional computing systems, hackers find ways to predict results and break security. Therefore, a team of physicists from the University of Geneva decided to use the laws of the quantum world to develop a microcircuit that is compatible with conventional digital devices..

New chips with a quantum random number generator will soon make digital devices unbreakable

The QRANGE chip generates random numbers by firing a tiny laser at one of two targets. Since it focuses on the behavior of quantum objects, the sequence cannot be predicted in advance. At the same time, the device generates millions of bits per second..

Scientists say that by integrating the chip into computers, smartphones, IoT devices, cars, data centers, or other devices, they will be completely secure because physics cannot be hacked. However, at this stage of technology development, there are still some problems of introducing the product into more complex systems, the solution of which is already being dealt with..

The innovative chip was developed as part of the European Union’s Quantum Flagship initiative, for which €1 billion. The program involves many institutions and research groups. Therefore, in the near future, we can expect the penetration of quantum technologies into our daily life..

Scientists are also developing technology that will increase the speed of hard drives by 1000 times and at the same time reduce their power consumption.

text: Ilya Bauer, photo and video: euronews