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Intel offers developers a large “toolbox” for quantum computing

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Intel wants to make it easier for developers to create and work with quantum algorithms. Intel Quantum Software Development Kit 1.1 (SDK 1.1) is updated with additional functionality. New are the open source compiler interface, qubit simulator backends and customizable qubit noise models. In addition, more efficient programming tools are available to implement quantum algorithms.

The chipmaker is also looking to expand the community around the Quantum SDK. In 2022, five universities in Germany, the US and Japan received funding to set up quantum centers or training courses. These tutorials based on the Intel Quantum SDK are now ready.

At the annual conference of the American Physical Society (APS) in Minneapolis, attended by 13,000 scientists, Intel will present twelve research papers in the field of quantum computing. In the Netherlands, Intel has a partnership with QuTech, a joint venture between TNO and TU Delft. Fujitsu and QuTech researchers recently developed new and ultra-cold electronics to drive diamond-based quantum bits. This makes it possible to build larger quantum computers by removing the wiring bottleneck while maintaining high performance.

For smooth operation, qubits must be cooled to the coldest possible temperatures, close to absolute zero: 0 Kelvin (or -273°C). It is difficult to connect thousands or even millions of qubits when there are just as many wires coming from the refrigerator. The many wires between the cold qubits and the room-temperature electronics dramatically affect the device’s reliability, manufacturing, and size.

That’s why QuTech started freezing the whole computer instead of qubits. It’s a difficult task because most electronics fail at -40°C. QuTech has now succeeded in this. Delft researchers use cryo-cmos hardware to withstand the extreme temperatures of the qubit refrigerator without compromising the performance and scalability of the entire system.

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