Patent Number: 7,788,307

Title: Method and apparatus for generating random number

Abstract: An apparatus for generating a random number includes a holding unit configured to hold a data segment, a mixing unit configured to mix the data segment held in the holding unit, a quality evaluation unit configured to evaluate the quality of the data segment held in the holding unit as a random number, and an output control unit configured to control an output of the data segment based on a result of the quality evaluation performed by the quality evaluation unit.

Inventors: Yushiya; Akihiko (Nerima-ku, JP)

Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: G06F 1/02 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018