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Foxconn Research Institute, the powerhouse behind Foxconn Technology Group’s transformation strategy, has officially established a laboratory dedicated to the research of trapped ion quantum computing. It expects to develop an open-source and programmable quantum computer prototype between 5-qubit to 10-qubit. 

According to Dr. Ching-Ray Chang, the director of NTU-IBM Quantum Computer Hub and an adviser to Foxconn Research Institute, Foxconn decided to concentrate on trapped ion quantum computing after weighing among various alternatives, including superconducting qubits. 

Young Liu, Foxconn chairman, believes that Taiwan should create a series of intellectual properties (IPs) on key quantum computing technologies, such as quantum sensing, quantum communication, quantum cryptography and fault-tolerant quantum computation. Simultaneously, Foxconn is also focusing on the R&D of quantum hardware. 

On December 13, the physical review journal PRX Quantum has just published a collaborative research work conducted by Foxconn Quantum Computing Center, the University of Queensland and Monash University. 

The paper, titled “Randomized Benchmarking for Non-Markovian Noise”, contributes to the construction of fault-tolerant quantum computers by focusing on randomized benchmarking protocol. 

At this stage, randomized benchmarking and other benchmarking methods are limited in scope, as it assumes that environmental noise affecting qubit logic is uncorrelated – an assumption increasingly put in doubt. In this context, the paper proposes a set of methods to estimate the deviations from this assumption in an experiment. 


Reference: Anue