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Intel's new quantum computing chip can outrun a modern classical supercomputer

11 January 2018 1

Intel took the stage of CES to introduce some of its new major products and announce what it has planned for the future. The company started its keynote by addressing the security research findings Meltdown and Spectre and promised to patch the devices by the end of January. Following this, the company announced the 8th-gen chips coming with AMD’s latest Radeon RX Vega M graphics for some thinner laptops and smallest NUCs.

Some of its other advancements include the “breakthrough” Quantum computer that aims to help the industries to resolve the complex computations that overwhelm today’s classical supercomputers.

From 7, to 17 and now 49 qubits (left to right)

After announcing the 17-qubit superconducting test chip two months back, Intel has made a major advancement and has now launched the new quantum computing chip that now includes 49 quantum bits, or qubits, the fundamental building blocks of a quantum computer. Intel’s 49-qubit quantum computing test chip is code-named “Tangle Lake" and it aims to do things which the modern classical supercomputer may not able to do.

According to Intel, this will help the researchers to assess and improve the error correction techniques and stimulate computational problems.

Intel announced the applications of this new quantum computing such as the drug development, financial modeling, and climate forecasting.

However, Intel isn’t the first company to get to here, IBM already announced a 50-qbit prototype chip in November. In fact, many other companies are doing research and taking strides in this area.


Intel also showcased its research into neuromorphic computing that aims to mimic human brain’s operation and could also unlock “exponential gains in performance and power efficiency for the future of artificial intelligence.” Intel has launched a new neuromorphic research chip, code-named “Loihi,” which includes digital circuits that mimic the brain’s basic operation.

This new chip can be used in Artificial Intelligence, a never-ending tech that will soon disrupt the tech world with some outstanding advancements. Intel plans to share the Loihi test chip in the first half of this year.


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