News Tech: BEIJING, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Chinese search engine giant Baidu Inc revealed its first quantum computer on Thursday and is ready to make it available to external users, joining the global race to apply the technology to practical uses.
Governments and companies around the world for years have touted the potential of quantum computing, a form of high-speed calculation at extraordinarily cold temperatures that will bring computers to unprecedented processing speeds.
The Baidu-developed quantum computer, dubbed “Qianshi”, has a 10-quantum-bit (qubit) processor, Baidu said in a statement. The Beijing-based company has also developed a 36-qubit quantum chip, it said.
However, current real-world applications in the field are still very basic and limited to a small group of early clients.
Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google is also aiming to develop a computer with 1,000,000 qubits by the end of this decade.
RegisterReporting by Yingzhi Yang and Brenda Goh; Editing by Christian Schmollinger Source: Reuters Trust Principles.