What does Quantum Technology have to do with Intel’s new chips?
The tech giant has revealed that its latest processor chips have been engineered with the power of quantum technology, the theory that describes the microscopic structures in the fabric of space and time that determine how matter behaves.
The Intel chip, dubbed Quantum K, is designed to run at speeds of up to 6.8 gigabits per second (Gbps), making it faster than a conventional processor by a factor of 10.
Intel’s announcement of the quantum technology is in line with the company’s ongoing efforts to accelerate the development of new semiconductors.
Last month, Intel unveiled its Quantum-based Core processors that can be configured to work at speeds up to 4.8 Gbps and run at temperatures as low as -196 degrees Celsius (minus 150 degrees Fahrenheit) – a level of efficiency that is almost as good as using a standard laptop.
The chips also include features designed to support the next generation of computer graphics, including Intel’s first-ever integrated graphics.
Intel is also introducing its new Xeon processors that are designed to be used in the next wave of computing.
The new chips are built on a technology called Intel Optane that enables processors to run even faster than their predecessor, known as the Skylake architecture, according to Intel.
Intel says it has engineered the new processors to offer up to 5 Gbps of speed and will be available to the public in Q1 2019.
Intel said in the announcement that it is targeting a range of markets including healthcare, energy, security, and financial services.