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December 22, 2022, 18:49
Chinese company SpinQ presents the first portable quantum computer designed for the consumer market.
Image source: Switch Science
Quantum computers, which many people consider the future of computer science, have so far only been associated with various sciences and researches. However, as it turns out, this situation may change soon thanks comp Spin QWhich through the store Switch sciences Gemini Mini portable quantum computers begin selling, using two bits. What is the capacity of these machines?
The main feature of this type of computer is the use of quantum bits, also called qubits, as data. Unlike standard bits, which can only take a value of zero or one, bits are in an intermediate state between zero and one (called an overlay), and their final value is determined at the time of measurement.
But more importantly, qubits can greatly increase computational power. For example, a computer with two qubits, such as the Gemini Mini, can represent four different values (00, 01, 10, 11), and adding another qubit will increase it to eight (000, 001, 010, 100, 011, 110, 101, 111). Notably, the fastest Osprey quantum computer, made by IBM, uses 433 qubits.
A typical classroom for learning quantum programming equipped with Gemini Mini computers. Source: SpinQ.
The most important point that probably disappoints most people is the fact that Gemini Mini is in no way a competitor to standard PCs. This is due to the assumptions SpinQ makes for itself. According to the manufacturer The equipment in question is intended for simulation and learning of quantum programming. As a result, it is not able to perform the same tasks as a normal computer.
However, this does not mean that quantum computers themselves are useless to us, as this technology already shows great potential in encoding and decoding data and speeding up computations. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a long time for a more practical application of such devices.
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