China has unveiled its first quantum-based computer.
The state-run Xinhua news agency reported that the first quantum computers will be produced at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and it will be able to handle quantum computers, called quantum bit machines, that can carry data on the quantum level.
In its latest annual report, CAS said that the state-owned institute is planning to develop a quantum computer with a capacity of up to 1,000 qubits (qubits = 1 billion bits).
The institute said it will also test quantum computers with a bit rate of 100 gigabits per second.
A quantum computer has a quantum bit which is stored in a single bit, rather than bits.
The technology has the potential to allow data to be sent in the form of a single quantum bit and to be read out with the same quantum bit, as opposed to bits and qubits.
In a quantum computing device, the quantum bit is stored with an additional quantum bit in order to operate the device, meaning that the device is able to store the data in a way that is more efficient than conventional computers.
The quantum computer is capable of solving more difficult problems, such as ones that involve quantum bits of different states.
It is also said to be more powerful than classical computers.
A Chinese quantum computer can solve some of the most complex problems involving information theory and quantum computing, CAS wrote.
CAS did not specify when the quantum computer would be operational, but said that its design will be “comparable” to those of other quantum computing systems.
China is also planning to build its first supercomputer that will be capable of handling quantum information, CAS added.