Via puts RNGs on new processors

Peter Gutmann pgut001 at
Tue Apr 8 12:39:18 EDT 2003

"Perry E. Metzger" <perry at> writes:

>The new Via Technologies x86 clone processors appear to have on-board
>cryptography support, including a hardware random number generator.

It's not really "including a hardware RNG", that appears to be the sum total
of the crypto support, at least as far as anyone's been able to find out.  The
exact details of using the hardware RNG are only available under NDA from Via,
although anyone who can somehow get their hands on an appropriate Nehemiah-
core C3 to test with and the Cryptography Research tech report should be able
to put something together.

(Anyone have a Nehemiah?)


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