We got a new contender in quantum computing

Emre Çitak
Jun 15, 2023

We got a new competitor in quantum computing, and it is Intel.

With 12 qubits, this cutting-edge chip marks a pivotal moment in Intel's journey to develop powerful quantum computing hardware that surpasses its competitors

Intel's unique quantum computing strategy

Unlike its competitors, Intel takes a distinct approach to quantum computing by utilizing individual electrons housed in computer chips similar to those found in everyday PCs. This approach allows Intel to leverage its existing chip technology and propel advancements in quantum computing.

While other companies such as IBM, Google, Quantinuum, and IonQ have already offered quantum computers for several years, Intel's fusion of conventional chip technology with quantum mechanics holds the promise of faster progress in the field.

Intel quantum computing
The Tunnel Falls processor, developed by Intel, houses 12 qubits, which are the fundamental units of quantum information

Yes, it's not useful for the standard user but

Although quantum computers are not yet practical for everyday consumers, their potential impact on various industries is immense. Financial services companies seek the computational power of quantum systems to uncover more profitable investments. Materials science researchers aim to revolutionize battery technology, while pharmaceutical companies strive to design more effective drugs.

Governments also see potential in using quantum computers to decode adversaries' encrypted communications. Conventional computers fall short in addressing these complex challenges, but quantum computing's ability to harness the peculiar physics of the ultrasmall offers promising solutions.

The quantum computing race

One striking aspect of quantum computing is the wide range of approaches pursued by different companies. While Intel uses electrons and their quantum mechanical property called spin, IBM and Google employ small electrical circuits made of superconducting materials. IonQ and Quantinuum manipulate charged atoms trapped within their systems.

Other approaches involve neutral atoms and even photons, the fleeting particles of light. At extremely small scales, quantum mechanics takes over, and practically anything can become a qubit, as explained by quantum computing pioneer Seth Lloyd. The challenge lies in effectively manipulating these qubits for computational purposes.

Intel quantum computing
The ultimate goal for Intel and the quantum computing community is to achieve a million qubits, a development that could truly transform the world

Intel's approach and future milestones

Intel remains confident in its chosen path for quantum computing. The recently announced Tunnel Falls processor is already in the manufacturing phase, and Intel is actively designing its successor, along with future models. While 12 qubits represent just a fraction of what is needed for practical quantum computers, Intel is committed to steady improvement and sustained progress.

The next major milestone is achieving a few thousand qubits, which will allow engineers to address the frequent errors in qubit operations. This milestone is expected to be realized within the next three to five years. However, Intel predicts that the transformative point of having a million qubits, which has the potential to change the world, will likely be reached in the early to mid-2030s.


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  1. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Martin, I would appreciate that you do not censor this post, as it’s informative writing.

    Onur, there is a misleading statement “[…] GIFs are animated images …”. No, obviously you don’t seem to have take much notice of what you were told back in March regarding; Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

    For example, https://www.ghacks.net/2023/03/31/whats-gif-explanation-and-how-to-use-it/#comment-4562919 (if you had read my replies within that thread, you might have learnt something useful). I even mentioned, “GIF intrinsically supports animated images (GIF89a)”.

    You linked to said article, [Related: …] within this article, but have somehow failed to take onboard what support you were given by several more knowledgeable people.

    If you used AI to help write this article, it has failed miserably.

  2. KeZa said on August 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    AI is stupid, and it will not get any better if we really know how this all works. Prove me wrong.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IYl1sTIOHI

  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/09/how-to-send-gifs-on-iphone-two-different-ways/]. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

    Obviously it [#comment-4569908] was posted: 9 July 2023. Long before this thread even existed… your database is falling over. Those comments are supposed to have unique ID values. It shouldn’t be possible to duplicate the post ID, if the database had referential integrity.

  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t tell me!

    Ghacks wants the state to step in for STATE-MANDATED associations to save jobs!!!

    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am

    GateKeeper ?

    That’s called “appointing” businesses to do the state’s dirty work!!!!!

    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    @The Dark Lady,
    @Database failure,
    @Howard Pearce,
    @Howard Allan Pearce,

    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    The current ghacks.net is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, ghacks.net has changed in quality.
    >> ghacks.net/2023/09/02/microsoft-is-removing-wordpad-from-windows/#comment-4573130
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
    >> ghacks.net/2023/08/31/in-windows-11-the-line-between-legitimate-and-adware-becomes-increasingly-blurred/#comment-4573117
    As it stands, except for articles by Martin Brinkmann, Mike Turcotte, and Ashwin, they are low quality, unhelpful, and even vicious. It is better not to read those articles.
    How to display only articles by a specific author:
    Added line to My filters in uBlock Origin: ghacks.net##.hentry,.home-posts,.home-category-post:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))
    >> ghacks.net/2023/09/01/windows-11-development-overview-of-the-august-2023-changes/#comment-4573033

    By the way, if you use an RSS reader, you can track exactly where your comments are (I’m an iPad user, so I use “Feedly Classic”, but for Windows I prefer the desktop app “RSS Guard”).
    RSS Guard: Feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.
    >> github.com/martinrotter/rssguard#readme

  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

  8. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

    Wonderful ! Let’s hope they’ll comply with that law more than they are doing with the GDPR.

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