Carrier IQ Hopes
To Allay Users’
IBM Touts Quantum Computing Advance
SCIEN TISTS AT IBM RESEARCH say they have achieved a major breakthrough in quantum computing that will allow engineers to begin creating a
full-scale quantum machine.
The breakthrough reduces data error rates
in elementary computations while maintaining the integrity of mechanical properties in
quantum bits of data known as qubits.
A quantum computer could have exponentially greater processing power than today’s
conventional CPUs, according to Mark
Ketchen, a manager at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson
Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N. Y.
Quantum machines are still 10 to 15 years
away. But the recent advancement opens the
door to experimentation with new microfab-
rication techniques, IBM said. “We’re finally
to the point where devices are getting good
enough [that] data checking and error correct-
ing [are] possible,” Ketchen said. “There’s a lot
In contrast to today’s silicon-based semi-
conductors, IBM’s superconducting qubits are
made using established silicon-microfabrication
techniques but are produced on a sapphire
chip. This offers the potential to one day manu-
facture thousands or millions of qubits.
Carrier IQ executives said they hope
that customers are once again recognizing the value of the data that
their company’s software collects,
after some operators disabled the
software following a privacy uproar
late last year.
The company’s software sends
information about a phone’s performance to network operators, which
use the data to learn more about
“Some of our customers have
been using this data for five years.
It’s deeply embedded in how they
operate,” said Andrew Coward, vice
president of marketing and product
management at Carrier IQ.
Coward claimed the company
didn’t lose any customers following
last year’s release of a research
report that showed that its software
was logging keystrokes, unbeknownst to end users.
He maintained that Carrier IQ’s
software isn’t to blame. Rather,
some implementations of the
software “led to information being
written into these files that never
should have been,” he said.
Operators have been pushing out
firmware updates to correct any
ing to Coward,
Carrier IQ has also
added a qualifica-
tion step to ensure the software is
implemented correctly and that no
private data is left on devices.
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