Intel, largest chip manufacturer company, today announced that it has delivered first 17-Qubit chip to its research partner QuTech in Netherlands. New chip has unique design, designed by Intel to achieve improved yield and performance.
“Our quantum research has progressed to the point where our partner QuTech is simulating quantum algorithm workloads, and Intel is fabricating new qubit test chips on a regular basis in our leading-edge manufacturing facilities,” said Dr. Michael Mayberry, corporate vice president and managing director of Intel Labs. “Intel’s expertise in fabrication, control electronics and architecture sets us apart and will serve us well as we venture into new computing paradigms, from neuromorphic to quantum computing.”
The chip was designed with some improved and unique features.
- New architecture allowing improved reliability, thermal performance and reduced radio frequency (RF) interference between qubits.
- A scalable interconnect scheme that allows for 10 to 100 times more signals into and out of the chip as compared to wirebonded chips.
- Advanced processes, materials and designs that enable Intel’s packaging to scale for quantum integrated circuits, which are much larger than conventional silicon chips.
“With this test chip, we’ll focus on connecting, controlling and measuring multiple, entangled qubits towards an error correction scheme and a logical qubit,” said professor Leo DiCarlo of QuTech. “This work will allow us to uncover new insights in quantum computing that will shape the next stage of development.”
Quantum computing is the ultimate in parallel computing. It can handle request that conventional computers can not. Yet, quantum computing is in its infancy and growing. The highest potential of quantum computer is called quantum supremacy, which is not achieve yet. But, slightly moving towards it. Recently, Google has tested chips with 6 and 9 Qubits and on its way to achieve 49 Qubits, expected to ready by the year end.
49-Qubits are indeed a “quantum supremacy”, that is faster than any conventional computer.
Race is just begun and we have to go long way, but on right track.