IBM said the Q System One makes it possible to reset qubits in a matter of hours, instead of the days or weeks it normally takes. At this year's CES, IBM is announcing the Q System One, impressively billing it as "the world's first integrated universal approximate quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use".
Quantum computers promise to outperform regular machines at certain tasks by exploiting the odd properties of quantum physics, and the IBM Q utilizes theories of physics to create computing techniques that are far more powerful than current devices. Nevertheless, there is a plan to offer partners to the IBM Q Network programme cloud-based access to its quantum computing operations.
The announcement comes after IBM unveiled a prototype commercial quantum computer in 2017.
Custom designed quantum firmware that allows uninterrupted system access even during upgrades, the firmware also maintains system health and prevents downtime for the end users. It's a major step forward in the commercialization of quantum computing, which could one day enable breakthroughs in such areas as materials and drug discovery, financial services, and artificial intelligence.
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In a press release issued by the company, IBM stated, "In 2018, IBM employee inventors received a record number of 9,100 patents, marking the company's 26th consecutive year of the USA patent leadership". "Much of the success in our own ingenuity is facilitated by the innovation of others outside our industry, from three-dimensional printing to quantum computing".
This design was specifically built to minimize interferences from ambient noises, temperature changes and electromagnetic waves.
For many years, quantum computers have only been within the confines of the research lab.
"A series of independent aluminum and steel frames unify, but also decouple the system's cryostat, control electronics, and exterior casing, helping to avoid potential vibration interference that leads to "phase jitter" and qubit decoherence", it said. IBM has, therefore, consolidated all the components of the Q System One into a glass-enclosed, air-tight environment. Bob Sutor, the VP of IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem.
Quantum computing is considered one of the most promising early-stage technologies out there today. The IBM Q Network includes the recent additions of Argonne National Laboratory, CERN, ExxonMobil, Fermilab, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.