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Roadmapping Cryogenic Electronics and Quantum Information Processing

The IEEE International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS) has just released its 2017 roadmap which focuses primarily on extensions of conventional electronic technologies, but also covers newly developing technologies in its Chapter on Beyond CMOS (PDF, 3 MB).

One group of new technologies is forming its own International Focus Group, on Cryogenic Electronics and Quantum Information Processing. Committee members Scott Holmes and Erik DeBenedictis have summarized the case for roadmapping these technologies here (PDF, 378 KB).

These technologies include superconducting electronic circuits that require cryogenic temperatures less than 100 K, and often less than 10 K. In addition cryogenic semiconducting circuits have been developed for certain specialized applications. Both of these are generally mature technologies with integration on the intermediate scale, but not yet at the very large scale that would be needed for direct competition with room-temperature CMOS.

A distinct set of technologies are associated with the new field of quantum information processing, which may require temperatures less than 1 K for proper operation. Some of these are also based on superconducting devices, but operate in a regime of ultra-low power dissipation necessary for quantum operation.

For both superconducting and quantum circuits, the industry and the market are still small, but are likely to grow rapidly in the next 20 years. Roadmapping and standards are particularly important if these technologies are to achieve the ambitious goals that have been projected.

Technology Spotlight

Technology Spotlight

IEEE Low-Power Image Recognition Challenge

LPIRC 2018, sponsored by IEEE Rebooting Computing, is being held June 18, 2018, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. For a video overview of LPIRC, see here.

This is the 4th in a series of annual open competitions, with prizes for the best combination of accuracy, speed, and low power for image recognition. Co-located with Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR 2018). For further details on LPIRC, see here.

LPIRC 2018 is being co-sponsored by Google and Facebook, which have helped to define dedicated tracks. LPIRC 2019 is in the planning stages. If you or your company would like to participate in the planning or sponsor competitive tracks next year, please contact Terence Martinez (t.c.martinez@ieee.org).