Intel Explainer: ‘Tangle Lake,’ Intel’s 49-Qubit Processor
At CES 2018 in January, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich predicted that quantum computing will solve problems that today take months or years for our most powerful supercomputers to resolve. Krzanich then unveiled Intel’s 49-qubit superconducting quantum test chip, code-named “Tangle Lake.”
Quantum computing is heralded for its potential. Leaders in scientific and industrial fields are hopeful quantum computing will speed advances in chemistry, drug development, financial modeling and climate change.
Quantum computations use quantum bits (qubits), which can be in multiple states at the same time – quite different from digital computing’s requirement that data be either in one state or another (0 or 1, for example). Running a large number of calculations in parallel opens a future where complex problems can be solved in much less time on a quantum computer compared with a traditional digital device.