Silicon Processors Bring Quantum Computers Closer to Reality

New Research

2018 has been an exciting year for the development of quantum computing. In February researchers found that silicon is a vial option for highly powerful processing.

In order to harness quantum power “entanglement” needs to take place. This involves the linking together of multiple qubits. The computing power of the system is effectively doubled with every qubit that is linked. This is what gives quantum computing such vastly superior calculation potential.

Like much of quantum theory this is all theory. However this new research has shown that silicon is one of the most effective physical materials for forming qubit links in the real world. One of the biggest hurdles researchers need to overcome is the fact that qubits are so fragile. It is easy for them to be damaged or even fall apart thanks to mounting external forces.

This extreme sensitivity is one of the main reasons that quantum computing is still in the research stages. The higher the number of qubits within a system, the more susceptible to internal and external damage the quantum computer will become.

What Future Designs Need

For quantum computers to take off and spread throughout the world the first thing that needs to be developed is hardware that can:

  • Protect the fragile internal components
  • Handle the extreme processing power

It appears that silicon may be the ideal material for this. It is readily available and cheap to manufacture. This means it is perfect for mass production. It already has a proven track record of being effective in standard computing hardware. Perhaps developers of quantum computers will decide to base quantum computers around pre-existing hardware designs.

It is clear that developers in both software and hardware will need to work together to create the most efficient and productive new forms of data processors.