Today Big Blue announced its road map for massively increasing the number off qubits under its command from the 60’s to 1,121. In news that will please quantum researchers, business and enthusiasts alike, IBM plans to roll out 1,121 qubits by 2023 – three years away.
The moon-shot is a wake-up call to those that think that Quantum Computing is simply a distraction. The aspirations come as Honeywell and IBM appear to be in a tussle for the most powerful gate based Quantum Computers. Recently Honeywell announced that it had developed the most powerful Quantum computer, even adopting the measurement framework developed by IBM.
The road map shows an increasingly level of Qubits which will allow more calculations with the aim of making Quantum Computing Truly useful and very much a part of our modern world – taking us from research to application. Currently the qubit count stands at 65, but next year a new chip named Eagle (Quantum chips are codenamed after birds) with 127 Qubits, then in 2022 Osprey with 433 Qubits, followed by Condor with 1,121 Qubits.
IBM has been a pioneer of Quantum computing and for the last 4 years and has provided cloud access to its Quantum Computers.