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Blaine Bateman

Will Quantum Computing Enhance Analog Design? Part 3

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DaeJ
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11/19/2013 9:22:58 PM
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Bright future for Quantum Computing
I wonder when Quantum computer is popular in the market so that every engineering student buys it in order to calculate the complex formulation less than a few second. I guess that it is not easy to store information into memory by Quantum Computer since it is very sensitive in the temperature and it is kindly unstable.

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eafpres1
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11/19/2013 11:18:03 PM
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Re: Bright future for Quantum Computing
@DaeJ--thanks for reading and offering an imaginative view of the future.  It is easy to laugh at such scenarios, but over the span of my career (30+ years) we have gone from computers being mainframes to having super-computer like power in a phone.  I certainly didn't have the vision 30 years ago to come close to what is common today.

In many ways I feel we live in wondrous times.  While a lot of computing advances are used early in things like fluid dynamics, weather modeling, simulating the big bang and other such pursuits, it is also true that electronics design has made good use of computing and is often an early adopter.  I think that if a company could produce a dedicated quantum processor and design analog simulation software for it, they would really have something. I hope I get to see that!

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samicksha
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11/20/2013 5:33:43 AM
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Re: Bright future for Quantum Computing
This shall allow a quantum computer to decrypt many of the cryptographic systems that we are using today, i.e. it would be a in the number algorithm for solving the problem, parallel to same i am curious to see universal gate set for same.

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etnapowers
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11/20/2013 8:55:55 AM
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optomechanical crystal
@Blaine: really nice BLOG! The optomechanical crystal is a really interesting device that could determine the definitive diffusion of the Silicon Photonics technology. I suppose that the characterization and the reliability of this crystal is really a key point for the success of this technology, which holds terrific promises of revolution in the electronics field.

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eafpres1
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11/20/2013 10:17:33 AM
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Re: optomechanical crystal
@etnapowers--I agree there is a lot of work to do in order to prove some of these features are stable enough to make in a semiconductor fab and not just in the lab, and as you note reiiabilty will also be a key factor.  But just the idea of combining micro mechanical, electrical, adn photonic functions in one device leads to incredible possibilities.  I've written before  about how MEMS is making its way into analog front ends for tunable matching etc.  I feel we are still only at the very beginning of another round of revolution in electronic integration.

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eafpres1
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11/20/2013 10:20:40 AM
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Re: Bright future for Quantum Computing
@samicksha--The Bristol University work lets you consider some types of standard structures for quantum computing.  However, there are still many different roads being pursued so what the final quantum computing device may be is still very open, if it even is possile to scale up.  So the gate set is still an open question.

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amrutah
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11/21/2013 12:11:18 AM
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Re: optomechanical crystal
@etnapowers:

    With so much of development happening in the field of semiconductors we are at a inflection point where a lot will change by 2020-2030.  With new technology like carbon nanotubes, new semiconductor material (compounds of materials) we will see new devices.  With new semiconductor technology we can hope to see these quantum computers to be small and easily available for everybody.

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etnapowers
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11/26/2013 9:12:17 AM
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Re: optomechanical crystal
@Blaine: I fully agree on incredible possibilities for this technology, moreover I think that only if the combination of "micro mechanical, electrical, adn photonic functions" , as you correctly said , will be stable and reliable this technology will be widely diffused.

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etnapowers
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11/26/2013 9:20:33 AM
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Re: optomechanical crystal
@amrutah: the scenario that you described is really exciting to me! As soon as new technologies will be producing new quantum computers there will be an intellectual revolution concerning the way to design , test , integrate and produce the electronic components useful to this scope.

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eafpres1
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11/26/2013 11:07:35 AM
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Re: optomechanical crystal
@etnapowers--that is a very important point.  Even today's semiconductors can suffer from slow diffusion of atoms which can cause errros in a chip's function.  As each circuit element becomes smaller, we reach a point where movement of only a few atoms coudl disrupt a transistor.  This is made worse by higher density leading to higher core temperatures within a 3-D chip.

For MEMS, I think we are early in the life of various MEMS applications and don't know how long these devices will really last, and what the failure modes might be.  I'm sure people are looking at it.  

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