Intel puts $50 million quantum computing’s way

IntelChip giant Intel is investing $50 million in Delft University and a Dutch applied research institute in a bid to create quantum computers.

Quantum computers are being investigated by many universities worldwide and offer vastly improved processing over today’s systems using conventional microprocessors.

Quantum computers use “qubits” to do the serious heavy lifting and these can exist in multiple states at once. That potential development means computing can be done in parallel.

Intel will also provide the Dutch bodies with technical support and the aid of its own engineers.

Mike Mayberry, managing director of Intel Labs, said a working quantum computer is “at least a dozen years away” and no one company or organisation is likely to crack the problems they pose.

He said that low temperature electronics will be needed to create quantum computers and that’s an area that Intel’s experienced in.