QuTech: a Quantum Leap for Information Technology
Based in the city of Delft, Dutch firm QuTech has the ambition to build the first quantum computer based on special quantum bits (qubits). Unlike regular bits, which consist of conventional transistor nanostructures, qubits can be in a state of one- and zero- at the same time and can also be ‘entangled’ with each other. This gives quantum computers exponentially more computational power.
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First quantum computer based on special quantum bits
Quantum communication makes it possible to ‘teleport’ information: data disappears at the sender’s end and appears at the receiver’s end without travelling the distance in between, making interception impossible. Quantum computers are thus able to perform tasks that are far beyond the capabilities of conventional computers. This opens up a world of possibilities.
Quantum computing enables inherently secure communication, makes simulation of chemical reactions and material properties possible and solves optimization problems that are widespread in current industrial applications. It can also be used to plan logistics, improve machine learning, and find the prime factors of large numbers. This explains growing interest in the field and investments from leading firms such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Google, IBM, Intel and Microsoft. QuTech has the ambition to be a hub for the most important European ecosystem for science, engineering, and entrepreneurship that is necessary for the development of the newly formed quantum computing industry.