HOME     MENU     SEARCH     NEWSLETTER    
NEWS & INFORMATION FOR TECHNOLOGY PURCHASERS. UPDATED 10 MINUTES AGO.
You are here: Home / Hardware / Google Aims To Build a Quantum Chip
Powered by Verisign:
Cloud-based solution to improve Your DDoS Attack Readiness.
Click here to learn more.
Google Partners To Design and Build a Quantum Chip
Google Partners To Design and Build a Quantum Chip
By Shirley Siluk / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
SEPTEMBER
03
2014
On its continuing quest to push the boundaries of technology, Google has announced a project to design and build a quantum computing chip. As part of the effort, Google will collaborate with a research team at the University of California Santa Barbara that has made significant advances in quantum computing research.

Google's director of engineering, Hartmut Neven, described the hardware initiative in a post Tuesday on the company's research blog.

"The Quantum Artificial Intelligence team at Google is launching a hardware initiative to design and build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics," Neven said in the post. "With an integrated hardware group the Quantum AI team will now be able to implement and test new designs for quantum optimization and inference processors."

Extreme Computing

Quantum computing, first envisioned in the early 1980s by such researchers as Russian mathematician Yuri Manin and U.S. theoretical physicist Richard Feynman, holds the promise of performing calculations and analysis much faster than current silicon chip-based computers can. A quantum computer's operations use qubits (quantum bits) that can exist in different states at the same time.

Standard digital computers rely on binary digits, or bits, expressed as either 0 or 1.

Google's latest quest to build a quantum chip is far from its first foray into quantum computing. It has already been working on a Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab in collaboration with NASA, the Universities Space Research Association and D-Wave Systems, a Canadian company that announced its 512-qubit D-Wave Two quantum computer in 2013.

D-Wave describes the D-Wave Two as the world's "first commercial quantum computer." Built with a superconducting processor, the D-Wave needs extreme conditions -- a temperature of minus-271 degrees Celsius, air pressure that is one-ten-billionth of standard atmospheric pressure and shielding from Earth's magnetic field -- to achieve a quantum-mechanical computing environment.

From AI to Search for Planets

In its new collaboration with the University of California Santa Barbara, Google will work with a team led by professor John Martinis. Earlier this year, Martinis' team announced it was able to achieve new levels of reliability in a five-qubit array; because qubits can exist in multiple states at once, ensuring reliable hardware operations is extremely difficult.

Martinis this year was also one of three winners of the 2014 Fritz London Memorial Prize, awarded every three years for outstanding contributions in low-temperature physics.

Often described as the "holy grail" of computing, quantum computing could help solve a range of today's complex scientific, security and other challenges. It could lead to dramatic advances in machine learning, artificial intelligence, Web searching, speech recognition and even the search for distant planets in other star systems.

Google is spending billions of dollars on research and development for a variety of projects, including delivery drones, self-driving cars and wearable computing.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY INTEREST YOU
Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.
MORE IN HARDWARE
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

NETWORK SECURITY SPOTLIGHT
Apple is taking the iCloud hack that revealed naked selfies of celebrities seriously, adding new security tools to keep its cloud safe. But there’s still fallout from the early-September iCloud hack.
© Copyright 2014 NewsFactor Network, Inc. All rights reserved. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.