Intel had eight patents in quantum computing during Q1 2024. Intel Corp has developed a hybrid digital/analog processor for quantum computers, allowing for processing of both digital and analog instructions to improve performance. Additionally, they have created an apparatus for polynomial multiplication with different security modes, as well as technologies for interfacing qubit control chips, detecting qubit states, generating rectangular pulses, reading spin qubit states, and controlling clocks based on activity. GlobalData’s report on Intel gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Intel grant share with quantum computing as a theme is 50% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Technologies for hybrid digital/analog processors for a quantum computer (Patent ID: US20240104413A1)

The patent filed by Intel Corp. discloses technologies for a hybrid digital/analog processor for a quantum computer. This processor is capable of processing both digital and analog instructions, with digital instructions involving tasks like reading from memory or registers, arithmetic operations, and branching, while analog instructions include providing analog voltages or pulses to qubits and measuring analog signals from qubits. The integration of analog operations in the processor is aimed at improving performance by reducing latency and power consumption.

The apparatus described in the patent includes a processor core with instruction management circuitry, digital instruction execution circuitry, and analog instruction execution circuitry. The instruction management circuitry receives and categorizes instructions as digital or analog, transmitting them accordingly to the appropriate execution circuitry. The digital instruction execution circuitry loads parameters into registers, while the analog instruction execution circuitry generates analog pulses based on these parameters. Additionally, the analog instruction execution circuitry can operate in a separate clock domain from the digital instruction execution circuitry, enhancing parallel processing capabilities. The processor can also interact with multiple qubits, with the ability to control and measure analog signals to and from these qubits.

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