(Engadget) Samsung and Imperial College London researchers are using Honeywell’s System Model H1 to explore uses of quantum computing in battery development. Ideally, the platform will tackle complex algorithms that might be too daunting for conventional computers. The first experiment used System Model H1 to simulate the dynamics of an interacting spin model, or the math involved in studying magnetism. The team used up to 100 of the more powerful two-qubit gates.
This is a very early foray that might not pan out. However, there’s a potentially huge payoff. If Samsung could solve challenges that have stumped other battery makers, it could produce longer-lasting smartphones, tablets and other devices that rivals couldn’t match.