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Generating random numbers has moved on a bit since tossing a coin in the air. Physical random number generators based on chaotic behaviours are well nigh impossible to verify and programmers' algorithms tend to produce patterns. But then along came quantum physics, intrinsically random in itself.

Until recently, the only quantum random generators that existed were based on observation of radioactive decay, but they tended to be bulky and Health and Safety didn't approve.

In 2001 ID Quantique produced the first commercial quantum random number generator and in 2004 ID Quantique laid claim to producing the industry's first quantum co-processor. It represents one cubit (one unit of quantum value). It's neither a 1 nor a 0 until you actually observe it.

To mark the tenth anniversary of the Quantis cube, ID Quantique have donated one to TNMOC. It is a component that can be mounted on plastic circuit boards and it is also available as a USB stick, PCI Express card and a PCI card.

Find out more about Quantis and a short paper on leaving random numbers to chance.

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