Quantum Hardware

Quantware Premieres New Superconducting Quantum Processor For Commercial Use

July 21, 2021

The Dutch startup QuantWare has launched the world’s first superconducting processor for quantum computers as an “off the shelf” part. This is a benchmark because QPUs were not commercially available up until now. And this release will potentially aid the development of quantum computing in general.

Quantum is one of the most promising technologies at the moment and in the years to come. It offers an advantage compared to classical computing because of the vast amount of data that these quantum computers can process. This technology will create breakthroughs in many different fields, such as medicine, AI, cybersecurity, and business intelligence.

Superconducting As A Better Approach

The quantum industry is still in the early stages of development and because of this scaling is extremely difficult. Namely, because in order to build quantum computers you need qubits. These qubits make quantum computing possible, and these companies face a prohibitive cost when it comes to producing them by themselves. QuantWare’s new QPUs may be key in accelerating this development in the quantum market.

Superconducting is one of the most effective approaches to building quantum processors. Google is a leading company when it comes to quantum supremacy. And they have managed to do this by using superconducting QPUs. Even though QPUs are available as off-the-shelf parts, this is the first time a QPU to be available in the productized form. This way allows greater possibilities for quantum experimentation.

Their QPU named Soprano is a 5-qubit QPU. The company claimed that the fidelity of each qubit is 99.9% and the error rate is manageable. This QPU has enough power to attract clients such as university labs and research institutes.

“Our Soprano QPU is what the Intel 4004 was for the semiconductor business. Superconducting qubits are highly customizable, easy to control and very scalable. That practicality makes superconducting QPUs by far the most likely candidate for near-term quantum computing applications.”

QuantWare co-founder Matthijs Rijlaarsdam.

QuantWare’s QPU will significantly reduce the costs involved in creating quantum technologies. This company has already proved that and supplied ImpaQT’s team of scientists with a QPU.

Quantum Possibilities Are Endless

Quantum computing has endless possibilities and can solve problems that are unsolvable for classical computing. It can perform complex simulations in few minutes compared to classical computing that will take years to compute.

Large quantum computers are of big importance if we want to achieve these goals. But, without quantum computers with large number of qubits, these simulations, unfortunately, are not possible. Many of the industry big players like IBM and Google dominate the field of large quantum computers and QuantWare is aiming to make other research institutes and companies dream a reality by creating these superconducting QPUs.

“The race towards useful Quantum Computation is heating up, but still reserved to a small group of companies. By making QPUs more available, we will speed up the development of practical quantum-driven solutions to the world’s biggest problems.”

QuantWare co-founder Dr. Alessandro Bruno.

QuantWare is hoping to achieve quantum dominance by developing a chip for a particular application. The startup wants to create chips for companies to run their specific algorithms.

About QuantWare

QuantWare is a company that builds superconducting quantum hardware. They have been founded in 2020 by quantum engineers Dr. Alessandro Bruno and Matthijs Rijalaarsdam, a graduate of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). The company has recently closed their pre-seed funding round and have successfully raised 1.15 million euros. The team at QuantWare aims to expand their company and create quantum processors with higher qubit numbers. QuantWare already has two products. Namely, the Soprano and Crescendo, and are available for preorder.

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