It’s a cold truth about quantum computing: To operate, the leading types of processing units that could lie at the heart of quantum computers must be maintained below a chilling 15 millikelvins, or minus 459 degrees Fahrenheit, close to absolute zero. And to be useful, the electronics that process and read the data have to be nearly as cold.

Leaders in quantum science converged this summer at Fermilab for the world’s first workshop on cryogenic electronics for quantum systems. As these fields are highly competitive, the hosts worked hard to attract key global allies and leaders in the field.

Scientists and engineers from academia and industry discussed the challenges of designing electronics for processors and sensors that will work in the ultracold environment.

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