Quantum Computers Are One Step Closer to Reality Thanks to New Flip-Flop Tech

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It all seems so close, and yet new technology is so far away from us. Scientists are still trying to figure out how to unlock the next evolution of computers. To do that, they have to go back to basics. At the beginning of the computer revolution, the first such equipment was the size of a room. That’s because instead of nanometer transistors, engineers used tubes as big as billiard balls. Nowadays, scientists are trying to figure out how to create the perfect vacuum tubes that can bring quantum computers to life.

Scientists Need to Crack How to Create the Perfect Storage Conditions to Host Qubits in Ideal Quantum State

There’s a huge processing difference between regular and quantum computers. The latter stores information through a binary system. The hardware can only process yes or no bits. On the other hand, a quantum bit or qubit for short attaches a pair of options to each of the two ‘ yes’ and ‘ no’ agents based on probability.

By expanding the computer brain beyond the limited binary possibilities, scientists can record better performance in various fields. At this point, engineers know exactly how to recreate a qubit. However, the real problem is the special storage conditions such units need. So far, such equipment proved to be expensive, too massive or unsuited to preserve the ideal quantum state.

However, a team of scientists at the University of New South Wales and Purdue University in the U.S. published a new blueprint in journal Nature Communications. They devised a new chip design using flip-flop technology.

The New Flip-Flop Technology Can Make Quantum Computers Manipulate Qubits through Electrical Signals

The idea is to make qubits use both the nucleus and the electron of an atom. However, it is the electron and its direction that controls the quantum state of the qubit. The computer can influence this parameter through electrical signals and not magnetic ones.

Nonetheless, researchers kept the technology at the level of theory thus far. On the other hand, they just opened the first quantum computing firm in Australia which underlines their confidence in this blueprint. Unlocking the next evolutionary stage for computers will surely change the world as general computers already did before.
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