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Intel Creates Chip to Control Quantum Computers


Intel Labs principal engineer Stefano Pellerano holds the Horse Ridge cryogenic control chip

Intel says it has Intel has designed a chip to control quantum computers.

Credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation

Intel has announced a chip designed to control quantum computers by assuming the workload of the many wires that typically connect such systems to controllers.

Many quantum computers require special refrigerators to keep their quantum bits (qubits) cold enough to operate correctly, which complicates their linkage to the wires to send and receive data.

Intel's Horse Ridge chip can sit within the refrigerator to preserve the qubits, and hopefully will make building quantum systems more practical.

Intel's Jim Clarke said, "Intel recognized that quantum controls were an essential piece of the puzzle we needed to solve in order to develop a large-scale commercial quantum system."

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