Intel has entered into a ten-year partnership with QuTech, the quantum research institute of 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 US$50 million and will provide engineering resources 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 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.
“In the next five to ten years, progress in quantum computing will increasingly require the combination of excellent science with high-level engineering,” said lead scientist Lieven Vandersypen from QuTech. “For the realisation of complex circuits containing large numbers of quantum bits, the know-how from the semiconductor industry is essential.”
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