A Process and Temperature Tolerant Oscillator-Based True Random Number Generator

Takehiko AMAKI  Masanori HASHIMOTO  Takao ONOYE  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E97-A   No.12   pp.2393-2399
Publication Date: 2014/12/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1587/transfun.E97.A.2393
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on VLSI Design and CAD Algorithms)
Category: Circuit Design
Keyword: 
true random number generator,  hardware random number generator,  oscillator-based random number generator,  

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Summary: 
This paper presents an oscillator-based true random number generator (TRNG) that dynamically unbiases 0/1 probability. The proposed TRNG automatically adjusts the duty cycle of a fast oscillator to 50%, and generates unbiased random numbers tolerating process variation and dynamic temperature fluctuation. A prototype chip of the proposed TRNG was fabricated with a 65nm CMOS process. Measurement results show that the developed duty cycle monitor obtained the probability of ‘1’ 4,100 times faster than the conventional output bit observation, or estimated the probability with 70 times higher accuracy. The proposed TRNG adjusted the probability of ‘1’ to within 50±0.07% in five chips in the temperature range of 0°C to 75°C. Consequently, the proposed TRNG passed the NIST and DIEHARD tests at 7.5Mbps with 6,670µm2 area.