The Shorts | 11/10/21 | Technology and Hardware in Quantum Computing

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The rate at which quantum computing is hitting the media stream is ever-increasing. This piece is a collection of recent articles and reports covering various aspects of quantum computing from the lens of technology and hardware. Mea Cubitt

SMARTER, SAFER, FASTER, STRONGER – THE FUTURE OF QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY | “Quantum science provides an exponential leap beyond the physical limitations of yesterday’s technology,” said Dr. Jim Drakes, Senior Scientist and acting Project Lead on Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST), L3Harris. “The computers of today are a tangible expression of this transformation in technology. Quantum computing can solve, in seconds, problems like de-encryption and optimization, that would take classical computers centuries to execute.”  Source: L3HARRIS.   SMARTER, SAFER, FASTER, STRONGER – THE FUTURE OF QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY…

Researchers develop new solid-state quantum structure material operational at room temperature | South Korean researchers have developed a new solid-state quantum structure material using silicon carbide nanowires. The new material featuring a fast recombination time exhibit outstanding optical properties of high-brightness single photons and is operable at room temperatures.  Source: Aju Business Daily.   Researchers develop new solid-state quantum structure material operational at room temperature…

Driving quantum performance: more qubits, higher Quantum Volume, and now a proper measure of speed | As quantum computing evolves and begins to tackle practical problems, we must pay greater attention to how much work quantum computing systems can do in a given unit of time. We expect real workloads to involve quantum-classical interactions—a full program will invoke a quantum processor as an accelerator for certain tasks, or an algorithm will require multiple calls to a quantum processor. Consequently, the runtime system that allows for efficient quantum-classical communication will be critical to achieving high performance. We have embedded this runtime interaction in our proposal for the CLOPS benchmark.  Source: IBM Research.   Driving quantum performance: more qubits, higher Quantum Volume, and now a proper measure of speed…

Rohde & Schwarz consistently aligns business performance for further growth | The Rohde & Schwarz technology company ends a successful 2020/2021 fiscal year despite ongoing global economic challenges. With its cutting-edge solutions, the company has continued to prove robust in last year’s highly dynamic market environment. In addition to its established business fields, Rohde & Schwarz has made substantial investments in future technologies such as 6G, quantum technology, the industrial internet of things (IIoT), artificial intelligence and cloud technology. The company is a trailblazer in the socially relevant topics of security and connectivity.  Source: CISION PR Newswire (Rohde & Schwarz).   Rohde & Schwarz consistently aligns business performance for further growth…

Edgy light on graphene may bring new one-way information routers | Graphene has been the focus of intense research in both academic and industrial settings due to its unique electrical conduction properties. As the thinnest material known to man, graphene is essentially two-dimensional and has distinct electronic and photonic properties from conventional 3D materials. Researchers at Purdue University (Todd Van Mechelen, Wenbo Sun and Zubin Jacob) have shown that graphene’s viscous fluid (colliding electrons in solids can behave like fluids) support unidirectional electromagnetic waves on the edge. These “edge waves” are linked to a new topological phase of matter and symbolize a phase transition in the material, not unlike the transition from solid to liquid.  Source: PURDUE UNIVERSITY.   Edgy light on graphene may bring new one-way information routers…

Understanding Quantum Primacy And How We Got There | A quantum computer is a remarkable device. While, at current, it’s still limited in its application, we now know that it can be faster than the fastest computers we currently have access to. As Scientific American reminds us, quantum primacy (also known as quantum supremacy) is the point at which a quantum machine outstrips a classical computer. Computers have helped advance civilization and increased our ability to process data many times over. Even so, there are some problems that not even they can solve. The more answers we find, the more questions we have. Quantum computing was built to multiply computing power by tapping into what we know about quantum states. While a traditional computer is limited by bits, quantum computers aren’t, allowing them to perform calculations many times faster. Or so it’s assumed. There’s still much debate as to whether we’ve gotten to the point of quantum primacy or not. Are quantum computers faster than regular computers, or aren’t they?  Source: SCIENCE 2.0.   Understanding Quantum Primacy And How We Got There…

Innovative chip built by UCPH physicists resolves quantum headache | Quantum physicists at the University of Copenhagen are reporting an international achievement for Denmark in the field of quantum technology. By simultaneously operating multiple spin qubits on the same quantum chip, they surmounted a key obstacle on the road to the supercomputer of the future. The result bodes well for the use of semiconductor materials as a platform for solid-state quantum computers.  Source: EurekAlert! (University of Copenhagen).   Innovative chip built by UCPH physicists resolves quantum headache…

Lumen Technologies Will ‘Look Very Different’ A Year From Now, Execs Say | The service provider’s two major divestures will free up the company, formerly known as CenturyLink, to focus on its Quantum Fiber buildout and “aggressively” growing its enterprise business, Lumen’s CEO and CFO told investors.  Source: CRN.   Lumen Technologies Will ‘Look Very Different’ A Year From Now, Execs Say…

OQmented, Technology Leader in MEMS-Based AR/VR Display and 3D Sensing Solutions, Secures USD … | OQmented today announced that it extended its seed round and secured an additional USD 9.3 million. New investors IT-Farm, Leblon Capital, and Deeptech-A join a syndicate that includes Vsquared Ventures (Vsquared), Salvia, and Baltic Business Angels, along with several Angel investors. The deep tech startup has raised nearly US$20 million since its 2018 spin-out from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. The funds will be invested in the expansion mainly of the company’s location in Itzehoe, accelerating their Research & Development as well as fostering existing partnerships and establishing cooperations with new partners. They will fast-track market penetration of OQmented’s MEMS mirror-based laser beam scanning (LBS) technology for AR/VR smart glasses. The tiny projection display—the industry’s first one-chip solution—gives product innovators the essential enabling technology for smart glasses that offer powerful visualization capabilities in a stylish, virtually weightless frame. The product will help propel AR/VR technologies into the mainstream, smoothing the runway to the next iteration of the internet, and enabling applications like 3D cameras, LiDAR, and machine vision products.  Source: AP NEWS.   OQmented, Technology Leader in MEMS-Based AR/VR Display and 3D Sensing Solutions, Secures USD…

Vlog: Quantum technology is coming, be prepared! | Quantum technology is promising to disrupt many of industries, from life sciences, to automotive and aerospace to financial services. Highly specialised, but extremely powerful computers might be able to replace wind tunnels, by aiding the development of planes with computer simulations. in the pharmaceutical industry, simulations of chemical properties of drugs could improve the success rate of phase three trials. At the same time, quantum computers are still at its infancy, and at the moment, solve nothing more than toy problems. What are realistic prospects, and how do we separate the hype from reality?  Source: sogeti labs.   Vlog: Quantum technology is coming, be prepared!…

Quantum Computing will Dramatically Increase Capabilities Beyond Classical Computing | Quantum computing technology is advancing rapidly and aims to solve more complex business problems through improved optimization, simulation, and machine learning. Quantum computers use quantum bits, which are subatomic particles such as electrons and protons to represent data. Several experts believe quantum computing is a potential game-changer, particularly in sectors such as banking, where quantum algorithms could be useful to handle difficulties in calculating value-at-risk (VAR) and optimizing the volatility of debt.  Source: NATLUK.   Quantum Computing will Dramatically Increase Capabilities Beyond Classical Computing…

World-First Quantum Research Breakthrough Allows for Full Spin Qubit Control | A research team with Denmark’s University of Copenhagen has designed the world’s first quantum computing system that allows for simultaneous operation of all its qubits without threatening quantum coherence. The research is being hailed as a breakthrough, clearing one of the remaining key obstacles for quantum scaling and its eventual mainstream deployment.  Source: tom’sHardware.   World-First Quantum Research Breakthrough Allows for Full Spin Qubit Control…

Quantum computing: IBM has created this new way to measure the speed of quantum processors | Named CLOPS (Circuit Layer Operations Per Second), the metric is the first to measure the number of quantum circuits a quantum processing unit (QPU) can execute per unit of time, and is designed to provide an objective understanding of the amount of work a quantum system can do in a particular period.  Source: TECHNOLOGY FOR YOU.   Quantum computing: IBM has created this new way to measure the speed of quantum processors…

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