New research into the fault tolerance of quantum computers could make it much easier to scale up electronics manufacturing using the technology.
Dr Sean Barrett, Royal Society University Research Fellow in the department of physics at Imperial College London, led the theoretical study.
His team was looking into the potential for quantum computers to overcome missing data - information not only corrupted, but irretrievably lost from the system.
According to their calculations, as much as 25 per cent of qubits can be lost from a data stream and the context of their neighbouring information used to reconstruct the stream.
Until now, the largest real-world quantum computers that have been created have been limited to about two or three qubits.
But large-scale electronics manufacturing could be made easier if it is possible to replicate the expected fault tolerances in real life.
Imperial College London has over 13,000 full-time students and ranks third in European university league tables.