First quantum computer

Researchers in the US claim to have demonstrated the first small-scale device to perform all the functions required in large-scale ion-based quantum processing. Although the individual stages or groups of stages in quantum computing have been demonstrated previously, this new device is said to perform a complete set of quantum logic operations without significant amounts of information being lost in transit. As a result, the device represents an important step in the quest for a practical quantum computer, say the researchers based at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado.
Tiny device is first complete 'quantum computer' -