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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Samsung is resorting to quantum computing to improve batteries

 


Global consumer technology and electronics giant Samsung recently partnered with Honeywell Quantum Solutions and physics researchers at Imperial College London to explore how quantum computing can be used to develop better batteries.

Improvements in battery technology help determine which devices to buy, and Samsung - the maker of Galaxy phones, tablets and other devices - hopes quantum computing will give it an edge.

Today's technology is more portable and versatile than ever thanks to long-lasting batteries and other energy storage devices, but the search for more powerful and durable batteries and devices that can hold a charge for longer never ends.

Jaikwang Shin, Senior Vice President of Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, said: “Samsung’s mission is to strive for the ultimate in creating the best products and services through talent and technology.

“Our partnership with Honeywell Quantum Solutions continues in this spirit by exploring the enormous potential of quantum computing to find new sources of innovation.

Samsung worked with Professor (Myungshik Kim), head of the department of theoretical quantum information science in the department of physics at Imperial College London, and his team, to explore quantum algorithms in the early stages.

The research team created simulations of the dynamics of the interactive spin model - mathematical models used to examine magnetism, and ran the experiment on the H1 model of Honeywell Quantum Solutions, the latest generation of quantum computing systems based on trapped ions.

The complex simulation required the H1 system model to run what are known as deep circuits and to use up to 100 qubit gates to support the computation. Typical quantum algorithms consisted of multiple single and double qubits gates.

Two qubit gates, quantum operations between two separate qubits, provide the entanglement between qubits that make quantum computing more powerful than traditional supercomputers, but these quantum operations are also more difficult and expensive to use.

The complexity of quantum circuits can often be estimated based on the number of binary qubit gates, and Professor Kim said: The Honeywell Quantum Solutions system performed well, the data collected was in line with their expectations for the model, and the data is encouraging, given the depth of the algorithmic circuit required.

Honeywell Quantum Solutions said: The project does not benefit the Samsung and Imperial College London team with their research, but it has also demonstrated that the H1 system model can handle complex algorithms with a high degree of accuracy, giving researchers confidence in the validity of their findings.

Today, quantum computers are still in the early days of commercial devices, and these systems often suffer from physical errors that reduce the efficiency of calculations.

The H1 system takes advantage of trapped ions qubits to provide extremely high-precision operations and the ability to preserve quantum information for extended periods.

There is still a lot of work required before Samsung can use quantum computing to improve batteries in a practical way.

However, if the company can solve the challenges that have held back other battery makers, it can produce long-lasting smartphones, tablets, and other devices that competitors cannot match.

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