How near are mass Quantum computers?
The University of New South Wales has created a silicon chip that replaces current transistors with qubits. This development is huge for the field of Quantum Computing, for three reasons in particular. First, this is the first time that we have been able to put millions of qubits on a single chip, as opposed to spaced, isolated qubits in previous computers. Second, because the qubits are being implemented on the current silicon chips, manufactures do not have to spend more or create new infrastructure to create these chips, saving a lot of time to create and mass-produce Quantum Computers in the future. Lastly, because of the lattice structure of the qubits on the chip, the qubits spins are able to be stabilized (due to quantum mechanics), which was one of the major restrictions of previous computers. Stabilized spins allow quantum computers to function for longer periods of time, while being able to accomplish much more than today’s supercomputers can. If the researchers at UNSW can make an efficient model of this chip, this could speed up the commercialization of Quantum Computing, and also the possibilities of how to further Quantum Computing implementations.