Friday, September 2, 2011
Quantum Processors & Quantum Memory Getting Quantum Married?
What in quantum hell am I talking about!? Allow me to clarify. All computers have a CPU (central processing unit) and RAM (random access memory). These two things are perhaps the most important parts of your home computer. The CPU does the computing, or thinking if you will, and the RAM is sort of like your short term memory. The RAM stores information to be recalled almost immediately without having to think about it a second time. Make sense?
Now what is the difference between a Quantum Processor/Memory and a normal one? I dunno what are you asking me for? In all seriousness it is essentially a new type of processor still in development that thinks different... perhaps on the quantum level... and I am not going to get into quantum mechanics tonight, but I will just say that it is the small scale of science known to man at the moment, and also the least understood. What all this means is a newer better processor that can work a lot like RAM does. But it is of course much more complicated than that and I am not near smart enough to describe it in detail.
Check out Engadget's full article on the new processor if you would like to learn more.