Intel has developed superconducting test chip for quantum computingBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 11 October 2017 | Categories: news
Intel, along with a handful of others, have been pushing forward with their development of Quantum Computing technology. This has the potential to revolutionise the tech industry, since it will vastly improve the computational power and speed of devices in the future.
As such, the race is on to see which company can be the first to fully realise the technology. In May this year, IBM unveiled two quantum-powered computers, as part of its IBM Q division, and now Intel has taken a significant step forward with its creation of a superconducting chip to test the possible design for quantum processors in years to come.
The chip was manufactured by Intel's quantum research partner in the Netherlands, QuTech, which made the processor with new techniques. Utilising qubits (17 in total), which are said to be quite fragile and only operate at very low temperatures, QuTech was able to place them within a unique architecture to yield greater results than standard wire-bonded chips. To that end, the 17 qubit superconducting chip can send and receive signal between 10 and 100 times faster than the aforementioned wire-bonded chips.
The next step in this process, however, remains to be seen, with Intel noting that Moore's Law will still play an integral role in pushing the technology forward. "Intel is investing not only to invent new ways of computing, but also to advance the foundation of Moore’s Law, which makes this future possible," the company concluded.
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