Researcher: First Quantum Computers are 5 to 10 Years Out

The scientists consider their achievement a major breakthrough as they were able to use a common material and they stressed that only 300 qubits would be required to store "a number greater than the number of particles in the universe."

According to a paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers are able to use their discovery to read and write information from and to the qubit. There was no information about the storage duration, which remains a key problem in this field. However, they believe that "quantum computation" would now be possible within "1 to 2 years" and "transporting quantum information across chips" within 3 to 4 years, Australian IT writes. Everything combined, their vision is that the first quantum computers could be built in about 5 to 10 years.

In the next step, the researchers aim to create pairs of quantum bits and build a two-qubit logic gate as the basic foundation of a quantum computer. "This has never been done before in silicon, a material that offers the advantage of being well understood scientifically and more easily adopted by industry," said Andrea Morello, who is part of the research effort. "Our technology is fundamentally the same as is already being used in countless everyday electronic devices, and that's a trillion-dollar industry."

 

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  • steve360
    Note to Apple - Quantum computing is the REAL post-PC era.
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  • thecolorblue
    nebunlol....what we need is to help the homeless and people that are struggling in the US not some quantum computer that the average joe can't afford....such stupidity

    patently absurd. what you are saying is essentially that science funding should be eradicated... set to zero. there is no way to predict what channels of research will change the world for the better... absolutely no way. apparently you disapprove of research in general. anti-science morons such as yourself are pathetically clueless.

    over half (approaching 60%) of the united states annual budget is channeled directly into the military and the military-industrial complex. do you even have the slightest clue how much money 60% of the annual US budget is? Do you?

    and here you are pointing at the tiniest sliver of fraction of a forgotten rivulet of an ant's piss drop fraction of the budget and saying... STOP SCIENCE - FEED THE HUNGRY.

    how about you educate yourself before talking next time
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  • ddpruitt
    Headline in 10 years:

    "First Quantum Computers are 5 to 10 Years Out"
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  • boyabunda
    flux capacitor? lightsaber technology?
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  • afrobacon
    I doubt he's right; but it will be awesome if I'm wrong.
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  • Prescott_666
    That first quantum computer will be the equivalent of an Intel 4004 and be running in a University Lab somewhere. The first commercial processors will be 10 years after that, cost thousands of dollars, and require cryogenic cooling. The first home computers will be 10 years after that.
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