(ZDNet) Intel said it has created a cryogenic control chip, code-named Horse Ridge, that will make quantum computing more commercially viable. Intel Labs along with research partner QuTech at TU-Delft can now use Horse Ridge to control multiple quantum bits, or qubits.
Horse Ridge, fabricated with Intel’s 22nm FinFET technology, simplifies the control electronics to operate a quantum system. Horse Ridge is a integrated system on a chip that will replace bulky instruments today.
Jim Clarke, director of quantum hardware at Intel, said that Intel chose to focus on quantum controls because the limit scale. “While there has been a lot of emphasis on the qubits themselves, the ability to control many qubits at the same time had been a challenge for the industry,” said Clarke in a blog post.