IBM researchers claim to have succeeded in achieving a major breakthrough with quantum computing which will allow engineers begin work on the production of a fully functional quantum computer.
The new discovery will help researchers to reduce the rate of data errors faced within elementary computations whilst maintaining the integrity of quantum mechanical properties - otherwise known as Qubits.
Manager of physics of information at IBM's TJ Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, Mark Ketchen, said that the production of a quantum computer would result in data processing power to be exponentially increased in comparison to current CPUs.
Ketchen explained: "We're finally to the point where devices are getting good enough where data checking and error correcting is possible. As you cross this threshold, there's a lot of excitement growing," reported Computer World.
However, IBM reported that they still have a long way to go before they can finally manufacture a quantum computer - which could be anything between 10 to 15 years from now. A device that could potentially reduce error rates as well as successfully retain the integration of quantum mechanical properties would create quite the stir within the technology field, and allow further experiments to be carried out in relation to new microfabrication techniques.