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Quantum Computing on a Chip: Brace for the Revolution


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Seeqc's quantum SoC with an integrated quantum OS.

Cambridge-based quantum specialist Riverlane, working with digital quantum company Seeqc, say they are first to deploy a quantum computing chip that has an integrated operating system for workflow and qubit management.

Credit: Seeqc

In a moment of triumph that's being hailed as equivalent to the move from room-scale silicon technology down to desk-sized machines, quantum computing has now gone chip-scale — down from the room-scale contraptions you might have seen elsewhere, including in science fiction.

The development has been spearheaded by Cambridge-based quantum specialist Riverlane's work with New York and London-based digital quantum company Seeqc. They're the first to deploy a quantum computing chip that has an integrated operating system for workflow and qubit management (qubits are comparable to classical computing's transistors, but capable of pairing between themselves, instantly sharing information via quantum states, and also capable of representing both a 0 and a 1). The last time we achieved this level of miniaturization on a computing technology, we started the computing revolution. Now, expectations for a quantum revolution are on the table as well, and the world will have to adapt to the new reality.

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