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Intel's quantum computing efforts take a major step forward

Intel's quantum computing efforts take a major step forward
From Engadget - January 8, 2018

Off the bat, let's be clear: quantum computing is still quite theoretical, and it's estimated that we will need to over a million qubits to have something viable. Dr. Michael Mayberry, corporate vice president and managing director of Intel Labs, predicts it will be "five to seven years" before the industry even begins to tackle the problems of engineering such vastly complex chips.

In addition to working on superconducting qubits, Intel is also investing in "spin qubits," a relatively new development which requires (bear with us) quantum control of the electron and the nuclear spin of a single atom in silicon. The benefit of spin qubit chips is they should be much smaller than the superconducting chips. Intel is obviously an expert in silicon, and it's already developed a way to fabricate spin qubits on its 300nm process -- a far larger, less-refined tech than we see in modern chips.

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