The Alea I has been discontinued.
The information on this page is for reference only.
The Alea I is a compact true random number generator (TRNG),
also known as a hardware random number generator (HWRNG),
non-deterministic random bit generator (NRBG), or
entropy source, with a USB interface.
The Alea I is designed for demanding cryptographic applications
such as key generation, DSA signature generation,
cryptographic nonces, and one time pads. It can also be used in a
number of other applications such as lotteries, games, Monte Carlo
simulations, and random sampling for scientific studies.
The Alea I provides a stream of high quality random
bits that passes a number of stringent statistical tests
and NIST STS
test suites. We also test the output of every Alea I
for uniqueness using the Known Number Oracle.
You can download random data produced by an Alea I TRNG
for example to run your own statistical tests.
The Alea I plugs directly into, and is powered by, the USB port —
no cable or external power supply is needed.
The Alea I comes with driver support for Microsoft Windows
versions from XP through 10, and an
ActiveX control that enables access to the device through COM.
Recent versions of Linux, NetBSD, and OpenBSD include
drivers that support the Alea I as an entropy source for
the kernel entropy pool. Applications can also read random
bits directly from the Alea I using the libusb library
on Linux, NetBSD, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, and macOS systems.
The USB protocol of the Alea I is documented,
allowing users to write their own drivers if desired.
How it Works
The Alea I uses a reverse biased semiconductor junction
to generate wide-band Gaussian white noise.
This noise is amplified and digitized
using an analog-to-digital converter. The raw output bits from the
A/D converter are then further processed by an embedded microprocessor
to combine the entropy from multiple samples into each final output
bit, resulting in a random bit stream that is practically free
from bias and correlation.
Random data rate: 100 kilobits / second typ.
Interface: Full speed USB
Power consumption: less than 250 mW
Dimensions: 80 x 27 x 9 mm including the USB connector
Specifications are subject to change without notice.