Intel will also transfer its decades of knowledge to the quantum world
Intel has announced the second wave of its Horse Ridge cryogenic control chip, claiming it will be another milestone on the road to overcoming scalability, a major obstacle in the world of quantum computing.
Horse Ridge II will be based on its predecessor. Jim Clarke, director of quantum hardware at Intel’s Components Research Group, said the products they make have multiple iterations and some of them were designed after properly learning their first iteration. In this way, they not only improve, but also learn how their qubits (quantum bits) should be controlled.
Horse Ridge II components
While speaking with ZDNet about their new development, Clarke said that when they designed the first controller, they focused on being able to control a few different qubits such as superconducting qubits and silicon qubits. In recent years, however, Intel has moved from superconducting qubits to a type of qubit that looks like a transistor.
Clarke said they are focusing on silicon qubits and that Horse Ridge’s second variant is suitable for their silicon spin qubits.
About the Horse Ridge II, Intel says it supports advanced features and higher levels of integration for elegant control of the quantum system. What is new is that it can manipulate and read qubit states and control the ability of different gates required to connect multiple qubits. Horse Ridge II is based on the first generation system-on-chip ability to generate high frequency pulses that can control the state of the qubit, known as the qubit propulsion.
Intel is developing this so that they are ahead of the curve in quantum computers by implementing the know-how they have gained from classic computing.