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Is Silicon the Secret to Quantum Computing?

An Electronic Design-hosted webinar

Date: Friday, July 28, 2023
Time: 11:00 AM ET / 10:00 AM CT / 8:00 AM PT / 3:00 PM GMT
Duration: 1 Hour

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Everyone from the world’s largest technology companies to startups and researchers are racing to roll out quantum computers that can solve problems too vast and complicated for even the most advanced supercomputers today. 

Intel is pursuing a different path from many of its rivals on the road to quantum computing. The U.S. chip giant is turning to the transistors at the heart of its high-performance logic chips as a model for a new generation of qubits—the core processing unit in a quantum computer. The work remains in the early stages. However, the company is convinced that applying its most advanced process technology for transistors to the challenges of quantum computing will give it the upper hand over the long term. 

In silicon spin qubits, as Intel calls its technology, data (a 0 or 1) is encoded in the spin (up or down) of a single electron. According to the company, these devices are not unlike transistors, and they can fit in a space a million times smaller than other types of qubits, which will make a difference when it comes to scaling up to thousands—or millions—of qubits. Their resemblance to transistors also opens the door for Intel to fabricate them on the same 300-mm silicon wafers and in the same fabs it uses for logic chips. 

In this session, one of researchers behind the effort will discuss Intel’s latest quantum-computing chip, called “Tunnel Falls,” and the challenges that must be solved before quantum computing can change the world. 


Ravi Pillarisetty | Senior Device Engineer, Quantum Hardware | Intel 

Ravi Pillarisetty is working on leveraging Intel’s expertise in transistor manufacturing to build a commercial quantum-computing system. He joined Intel in 2005 and has worked on a wide range of research topics across the transistor and memory landscape, including serving as the device lead for the team that created the prototype FinFET transistor on the 22-nm node. For this work, he received an Intel Achievement Award, the company’s highest honor. Pillarisetty is extensively involved in the company’s external research activities, having co-chaired Intel’s Corporate Research Council, which manages all external university investments. An avid inventor, he has been granted over 800 international patents related to semiconductor technology. He completed his PhD from Princeton University in 2005, and his Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University in 1999. 


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