IBM unveils its first quantum computer for commercial use


To make quantum computers more reliable and stable, IBM Q designed and built the world's first integrated quantum computing system for commercial use: IBM Q System One.

IBM has always been a front-runner when it comes to quantum computing; back in 2017, the firm showed off a prototype commercial 17-qubit processor that formed the core of the first IBM Q early-access systems, which saw the company laying out its ambitions to build commercially-available universal quantum computing systems.

Later this year, IBM will also open its first IBM Q Quantum Computation Center for commercial customers in Poughkeepsie, New York.

The Q System One communicates with the outside world through classical computing equipment that runs alongside the qubits. However, there are not many details regarding how many of such quantum systems would be placed in a center.

IBM has a legacy of bringing enterprise-focused computing solutions.

Welser also said that Quantum Computing will start seeing a real-world impact in the next few years as scientists learn how to add and control qubits. Bob Sutor, Vice President of IBM Q Strategy & Ecosystems, noted that when the topic comes to the quantum computing system, each thing is cloud-based by far. Talking about cloud computing and quantum computing, the firm has bagged over 2,000 patents in cloud computing and the highest number of quantum computing patents issued including a new way of miniaturising components that improve the performance of quantum computers. "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". The company also earned patents for blockchain technology as well as for quantum computing uses.

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It said that the design "includes a nine-foot-tall, nine-foot-wide case of half-inch thick borosilicate glass forming a sealed, airtight enclosure". There is also a series of independent aluminium and steel frames to help avoid any potential vibration interference that could result in "phase jitter" and qubit decoherence. IBM has, therefore, consolidated all the components of the Q System One into a glass-enclosed, air-tight environment. For more information visit, here.

IBM has used CES 2019 to launch what it claims is the world's first commercial quantum computing system, developed with United Kingdom design studios Map Project Office and Universal Design Studio.

ExxonMobil will become the first energy company to join the IBM Q Network.

Quantum computing is considered one of the most promising early-stage technologies out there today.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory's IBM Q Hub, announced in 2017, now includes member labs: Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In order to acquire the system, the interested businesses would have to collaborate with IBM on a case to case basis.