Taiwan government to support companies in quantum era
Points to note…
+ Amid concerns that quantum computing could threaten the existence of the semiconductor industry, Taiwan’s minister of science and technology Tsung-Tsong Wu has noted that his ministry will continue to provide support to companies such as TSMC to help them maintain their competitiveness in the industry.
Starting 2021, MOST is set to raise the budget for quantum computers and will push to unite Taiwan’s universities and Academia Sinica’s quantum research teams, Wu added.
+ Wu disclosed he had talked to TSMC chairman Mark Liu about such concerns about Moore’s Law, and expressed the government’s intentions of helping the global leader in the wafer foundry sector to maintain its leadership even if it’s infeasible to shrink the process node further beyond 2nm.
+ Although studies on quantum computing have been going on for many years, most Taiwanese companies are still unwilling to invest in related R&D as their expertise lies mainly in semiconductor instead of superconductor.
+ At the moment, most Taiwan-based IT firms only have small investments in developing low-temperature superconducting peripheral circuits to cope with their first-tier IT clients’ demand, Wu said.
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