During the announcement, Intel unveiled the advancements made in the field of neuromorphic research. In the past, we have told you about the company’s brain-like Loihi chip. Its circuits mimic the brain’s basic operations and aim to make machine learning more efficient. In simpler language, it could be seen as simulating the brain in silicon.
“This has been a major research effort by Intel and today we have a fully functioning neuromorphic research chip,” Krzanich said.
In the first half of 2018, Intel plans to partner with leading universities and research organizations and apply Loihi to more complex problems.
The second announcement was regarding Tangle Lake, which is a 49-qubit superconducting quantum test chip (image at the top).
This step shows Intel’s efforts to keep up with organizations like Google, IBM, and Microsoft, who are investing a lot in quantum computing. Krzanich called it a major breakthrough and the next step to “quantum supremacy.”
Currently, Intel’s Netherlands-based lab is testing and working on quantum computing systems. The chip mentioned above is about the size of a quarter and designed to scale for quantum integrated circuitry.
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