Intel Unveils ‘Breakthrough’ 49 Qubit Quantum Computer

Long-time Slashdot reader cold fjord writes: Extremetech reports, “At CES 2018 this week, Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich declared the company’s new 49-qubit quantum computer represented a step towards “quantum supremacy.” A 49 qubit system is a major advance for Intel, which just demonstrated a 17-qubit system two months ago. Intel’s working with the Netherlands-based Qutech on this project, and expanding the number of qubits is key to creating quantum computers that can deliver real-world results… “Qubits are tremendously fragile,” Intel wrote in October. “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 is also why we won’t be seeing quantum computers in anyone’s house at any point.”

Krzanich also thanked the industry for “coming together” to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. “The collaboration among so many companies to address this industry-wide issue across several different processor architectures has been truly remarkable.”

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