#QUANTUM RACE: UNSW and Intel step up to the plate

Quantum leaps have been made in the race to the finish line.

Engineers at UNSW have developed the world’s first complete design of a silicon quantum computer chip that might be manufactured using the same processes in chip factories today as well as using standard industry components. Meanwhile IBM also unveiled a superconducting quantum test chip with 49 qubits: enough qubits to potentially enable quantum computing that begins to surpass the everyday limits of modern classical computers. This announcement is positive news within the storm of major negative backlash regarding Intel’s chipset security flaws.

Although these developments show strong progress, there is still a long way to go before quantum computers become commercially viable, with many experts claiming 1 million qubits will be needed per chip to achieve just that. Professor Michael Biercuk from the University of Sydney explains the basics of quantum physics and technology here.

Read more: Nature / YouTube / ZDNet / IEEE Spectrum

Image: Intel – 49 Qubit Quantum Chip

This story is taken from the 12 January 2018 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.