Digitimes reports that Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology is "aggressively" promoting the development of quantum computers, and claims that Taiwan Semiconductor is the "only industrial player in the projects." IBM's Q cloud quantum computing platform is reportedly involved in the project, and the Taiwanese government is offering an annual subsidy of about $2 million USD to "each approved research program." As a reminder, Taiwan Semiconductor is arguably the most advanced chip manufacturer the world, and will reportedly be the only source for AMD's and Nvidia's 7nm products. Quantum computing, on the other hand, is more of a mixed bag, as this great writeup by IEEE explains. But TSMC hopes to advance the field by developing quantum computing chips on their advanced manufacturing processes. MOST officials said that quantum computer can solve many problems that existing computers cannot address, and is also able to process extremely huge data. The next-generation computers may be most ideal for application to new-material design, cryptography, chemistry, biomedicine computer simulation and pharmaceutical sectors. Unlike CPU and GPU that require air or water for heat dissipation, quantum computer processor can operate well only under extremely low temperature of around -273 degrees Celsius, thus requiring the support of large-size freezing facilities. Accordingly, quantum computers can hardly be commercialized, unless semiconductor can be smoothly applied to enable quantum processors to operate under normal temperatures. This will be a major technological bottleneck that needs to be tackled to facilitate commercialization of quantum computers, the officials commented.