Intel invests $50m to advance quantum computing

Collaboration over the next 10 years will accelerate quantum computing research

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Intel invests $50m to advance quantum computing Expertise in specialised electronics combined with advanced physics are needed to move quantum computing, says Mayberry.
By  Manda Banda Published  October 27, 2015

Chip designer Intel Corporation has announced a 10-year collaborative relationship with the Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Dutch organisation for applied research, to accelerate advancements in quantum computing.

To achieve this goal, Intel will invest $50m and will provide significant engineering resources both on-site and at Intel, as well as technical support.

Quantum computing holds the promise of solving complex problems that are practically insurmountable today, including intricate simulations such as large-scale financial analysis and more effective drug development. Quantum computing is an area of research that Intel has been exploring because it has the potential to augment the capabilities of tomorrow's high performance computers.

"A fully functioning quantum computer is at least a dozen years away, but the practical and theoretical research efforts we're announcing today mark an important milestone in the journey to bring it closer to reality," said Mike Mayberry, Intel vice president and managing director of Intel Labs.

Intel's goal is to extend the university's physics expertise and diverse quantum computing research efforts by contributing advanced manufacturing, electronics and architectural expertise.

Intel believes no one company or organisation will succeed alone in unlocking the path to advanced quantum computing. Instead, partnerships - such as this one between Intel and the QuTech institute in Delft - and industry collaboration will help realise the promise of such a technically complex issue.

"Expertise in specialised electronics combined with advanced physics is required to move quantum computing closer to being a reality," said Mayberry.

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