Intel, QuTech Work on 17-Qubit Quantum Computing Chip

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  1. Megalith

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    Intel announced the delivery of a 17-qubit superconducting test chip for quantum computing to QuTech, Intel’s quantum research partner in the Netherlands: the new chip was fabricated by Intel and features a unique design to achieve improved yield and performance. Its delivery demonstrates the fast progress Intel and QuTech are making in researching and developing a working quantum computing system.

    Qubits are tremendously fragile: Any noise or unintended observation of them can cause data loss. This fragility requires them to operate at about 20 millikelvin – 250 times colder than deep space. This extreme operating environment makes the packaging of qubits key to their performance and function. Intel’s Components Research Group (CR) in Oregon and Assembly Test and Technology Development (ATTD) teams in Arizona are pushing the limits of chip design and packaging technology to address quantum computing’s unique challenges.
     
  2. DeathFromBelow

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    Still can't compete with Ryzen.
     
  3. mord

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    Makes you wonder if NSA or some other state level entity already has the first quantum computers running in production. Like the code breaking machines from WW2.
     
  4. tunatime

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    i bet they do
     
  5. Mut1ny

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    Do we even know what these are capable of? What can they do? How powerful are they, really?
     
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    They are more quantum interfaces than processors as we traditionally use really.
    Any information ever created can be accessed at a quantum level.
     
  8. Revdarian

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    Where have you been? there are Quantum Computing machines, but you need to understand the caveat that Quantum Computing isn't useful for your average work, Quantum Computers are all about optimum energy levels, and thus if you can define your problem in a way that the solution would be the optimum energy level then a Quantum Computer is what you need.

    Current Quantum Computers are severely limited in the type of optimization problems they can solve tho.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-Wave_Systems
     
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    Some problems can scale linearly on quantum computers, as opposed to only exponentially on normal ones. Also, you can use them for encryption that is impossible to break according to the laws of physics themselves.
     
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    Yeah, I was a bit non specific. As the artical you linked state, the current publicly known quantum computers are very limited, and don't seem to be much if any faster then current digital computers. Maybe a few niche cases they can compete in, but hardly seems like a revolution in raw computing power.

    I was saying it makes me wonder if any one off, or unannounced technologies are in use that do offer leaps and bounds over current digital computing.

    Encryption breakers that are many orders of magnitude faster. Q architectures that allow rapid solutions to problems that are either computationally unrealistic, or math problems that cannot be solved with digital devices.
     
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    In the current form it's completely useless.