China Predicts “Devastating Blow” From Its Development Of A General-Purpose Quantum Computer By 2025

Development Of A General-Purpose Quantum Computer By 2025

To celebrate four years since the company was founded, China’s ‘Origin Quantum’ has laid out a roadmap to achieving a 1,000+ qubit quantum device by 2025.

HeFei Origin Quantum Computing Technology co. Ltd. (‘Origin Quantum’) is a full-stack quantum computing company located in China’s Hefei High-tech Zone. Established in September 2017, this young company is dedicated to their mission of “getting quantum computers beyond the lab and serving human society”.

The ambitious plans, unraveled by The Quantum Daily’s computer translation of their company statement, predict the company will launch a 64-bit superconducting quantum chip by the end of this year; followed by a three-stage plan for further improvements in the lead-up to 2025 and beyond.

According to Origin Quantum’s general manager, Zhang Hui, the first stage will consist of work on a superconducting quantum computer prototype. This will focus mainly on chip fidelity and scalability. The second phase will then aim to break through the 1000 qubit barrier in 2025 (aiming for 1024 qubits). The third stage will focus primarily on the use of multi-core parallel processing.

The end-goal? A stable, fully-functioning general-purpose quantum computer, potentially by 2025.

The company has even begun forming partnerships with organisations across multiple industries, through China’s first quantum computing industry alliance (known as the ‘Quantum Industry Application Alliance). Many organisations across the country have joined the alliance to leverage quantum computing to support their objectives and solve currently unsolvable industry problems.

But Hui and his team at Origin Quantum don’t plan to stop there. In fact, he claims that breaking the 1000 qubit goal is “just the beginning”.

With all this in mind, one thing is clear. We have a choice: we can stick our heads in the sand and ignore the threat quantum computing poses to our cyber security, or we can look for a quantum solution.

I recommend the latter.

Helpfully, I recently stumbled across a company called Arqit, who seem to have found the solution. These guys claim that their quantum encryption solution can protect your organisation not only from the quantum threat that exists today, but also from the threat posed by 1000+ qubit devices in the near future. Want to check them out? Do it here.

Written by Enaa Mari

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