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Will quantum computing really cause a technological upheaval? The largest companies in the industry believe so. Among them is Intel: in its presentation at CES 2018, the company displayed the prototype of a quantum chip of 49 qubits.
For those who are out of the question, qubit is a quantum bit simplification. In the current computation, we have as base the “normal” bit, which, in the symbolic model created to facilitate our understanding, represents the value 0 or 1. Already a qubit can assume 0, 1 or a superposition of both values.
This logic should enable quantum computers to solve problems in areas such as artificial intelligence and meteorology that would be complex enough to require years to be solved by traditional computing. Hence the interest of giants like IBM, Microsoft and Intel by the subject.
It was up to Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO, to introduce the chip. The technical details were not revealed, but the executive pointed out that the Tangle Lake, as the device has been called, is a 49-qubit processor. This is an important detail because it is a short time ago that Intel introduced a chip of 17 qubits. In addition, the project fuels rivalry with IBM, which is exposing at CES a 50-qubit quantum processor.
For Krzanich, Tangle Lake will help Intel achieve “quantum supremacy,” an expression that refers to the point at which quantum computers will perform tasks that can not be performed by machines based on current technology.
The first steps have already been taken, but the path is long. Just to give you an idea, Intel is already studying how to create a spin-based qubits processor, which can be replicated more easily because of its small size compared to the superconductors used by the industry. That’s because, when quantum computing is more developed, manufacturing scale issues will be among the major challenges.
Meltdown and Specter
Quantum computing is a very interesting subject, but everyone wanted to know what the Intel boss had to say about the Meltdown and Specter flaws.
To the disappointment – but not to the surprise, probably – of who was at the event, Krzanich broached the subject superficially. He commented only that there are no records of data loss or theft as a result of the flaws and that Intel is committed to resolving the vulnerabilities. A group called Intel Product Assurance and Security is being created specifically to address the issue. More: How Your PC’s Speed Will Be Affected By Specter Fault Correction – TechBlog