Intel, QuTech Work on 17-Qubit Quantum Computing Chip

Posted by Megalith 10:10 AM (CDT)

Thursday October 12, 2017

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.