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posted by martyb on Monday January 10, @05:13AM   Printer-friendly
from the doing-quantum-pushups dept.

Making quantum computers even more powerful:

Engineers at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a method for reading several qubits—the smallest unit of quantum data—at the same time. Their method paves the way to a new generation of even more powerful quantum computers.

"IBM and Google currently have the world's most powerful quantum computers," says Prof. Edoardo Charbon, head of the Advanced Quantum Architecture Laboratory (AQUA Lab) in EPFL's School of Engineering. "IBM has just unveiled a 127-qubit machine, while Google's is 53 qubits." The scope for making quantum computers even faster is limited, however, due to an upper bound on the number of qubits. But a team of engineers led by Charbon, in collaboration with researchers in the U.K., has just developed a promising method for breaking through this technological barrier. Their approach can read qubits more efficiently, meaning more of them can be packed into quantum processors. Their findings appear in Nature Electronics.

[...] The number of qubits is currently limited by the fact that there's no technology yet available that can read all the qubits rapidly. "Complicating things further, qubits operate at temperatures close to absolute zero, or –273.15oC," says Charbon. "That makes reading and controlling them even harder. What engineers typically do is use machines at room temperature and control each qubit individually."

Journal Reference:
Andrea Ruffino, Tsung-Yeh Yang, John Michniewicz, et al. A cryo-CMOS chip that integrates silicon quantum dots and multiplexed dispersive readout electronics, Nature Electronics (DOI: 10.1038/s41928-021-00687-6)


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  • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Tuesday January 11, @09:01AM (1 child)

    by maxwell demon (1608) on Tuesday January 11, @09:01AM (#1211734) Journal

    You could as well start the timeline of classical computing with Babbage's Analytical Engine. It had never been built, but is was already the concept of a general purpose computer, and would have worked in principle. It's just that the technology of that time wasn't advanced enough to make that concept practical. Sounds familiar?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, @02:18PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, @02:18PM (#1212408)

    If someone had said that the Analytical Engine had no practical applications, they would have been completely right.

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