Transistors based on germanium can perform calculations for the future quantum computer. This discovery by the team of Menno Veldhorst may place the transistor at the basis of the quantum revolution. The researchers at QuTech, a collaboration of TU Delft and TNO, published these results in Nature.
The team has showed that they can perform reliable and extremely fast quantum calculations with germanium.
Germanium has matured from constructing the material to a platform on which quantum calculations can be carried out. This development is extremely promising on the road to a functional quantum computer. The manufacturing and design methods fit in well with the existing silicon technology which is an advantage in terms of scalability. (QuTech)