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Intel invests in quantum cat chips

by on03 September 2015

Potentially dead and alive market

Software giant Intel has decided that there is money to be had in making quantum chips which are based on whether or not a theoretical cat is potentially dead or alive, or just popped out for a bit.

Intel said it will invest $50 million and provide engineering resources to the Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Dutch Organisation for Applied Research, in an effort to advance quantum computing. We guess it will also be sending a hefty cheque to charities who collect stray cats.

Other entities ranging from Google to NASA are also chasing quantum computing other than those who are following Heisenberg Principle and are uncertain if the idea will work.

The chip giant said it can contribute manufacturing and architecture knowhow to quantum computing research.

Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, said in a blog post:

Quantum computing is promising, but there are significant challenges to overcome. It is a subatomic scenario that requires suspending conventional wisdom around basic physics, where an electron can actually be two places at once, spinning clockwise and counterclockwise at the same time.

This ambiguity is both promising and enormously complex.... and of course, an incredibly exciting challenge to anyone who loves physics, like me. How do we connect thousands of quantum bits, or qubits, together? How can we control them? How can we reliably fabricate, connect and control many more qubits? Even measuring qubit signals is going to require an entirely new class of low temperature electronics that don't exist today.

For Intel, the bet on quantum computer is a way to keep the company relevant.

Krzanich said the tech industry will have to rally around quantum computing for the engineering effort to develop.

Last modified on 03 September 2015
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