Defense Date

2010

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Engineering

First Advisor

Robert Klenke

Abstract

Random numbers are important for gaming, simulation and cryptography. Random numbers have been generated using analog circuitry. Two problems exist with using analog circuits in a digital design: (1) analog components require an analog circuit designer to insure proper structure and functionality and (2) analog components are not easily transmigrated into a different fabrication technology. This paper proposes a class of random number generators that are constructed using only digital components and typical digital design methodology. The proposed classification is called divergent path since the path of generated numbers through the range of possible values diverges at every sampling. One integrated circuit was fabricated and several models were synthesized into a FPGA. Test results are given.

Rights

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Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

December 2010

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Engineering Commons

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