The long wait is over, Finland finally operates its first 5-qubit quantum computer

During the press release, in ESPOO, Finland, on November 30, 2021, VTT Technical Research Centre revealed that the 5-qubit quantum computer is now finally up and running. VTT in collaboration with IQM, the leading European quantum hardware company, took the first steps in facilitating the construction of quantum computers. Allowing more companies to engage and embark on their quantum computing ventures. This major breakthrough is a step closer to synthesizing and accessing quantum computers all over the world.

Quantum computers’ incredible computing performance allows them to solve problems that are beyond the capabilities of today’s high-performance computers. Quantum computers will be used in the future to accurately model viruses and drugs, as well as to design materials that are difficult to design with current technology.

 The development of quantum computing will affect all industries. Our experience in building the quantum computer, and our know-how in developing quantum algorithms will help us develop quantum foresight to, for example, identify future trends and support companies in understanding how and when their business will be affected

The best way to do this will be for companies to work together with VTT, and actually use our new hardware.

Pekka Pursula, Research Manager at VTT

The newly unveiled 5-qubit quantum computer is currently at Micronova, OtaNano, VTT, and Aalto University’s national research infrastructure for micro and nanotechnology.

Scalability is a major issue in quantum computing. Quantum physicists and engineers all over the world are attempting to scale quantum computing hardware to hundreds of thousands of qubits, scale-up production in a cost-effective manner, and scale algorithms and the use of quantum computing in real-world applications.

VTT has 30 years of experience in quantum technology research and excellent hardware scaling facilities. VTT must collaborate with companies to develop algorithms for specific applications in order to scale the use.

Today’s announcement marks an important milestone for IQM and for the European quantum initiatives. With the completion of this phase, IQM will become one of the very few quantum companies that can deliver an on-premises quantum computer to a customer. I congratulate our partners, VTT, and also the entire IQM team who has managed to deliver this ambitious milestone during the pandemic. This is just the first phase of the delivery and because of our ability to upgrade the systems, we are looking forward to working with VTT on delivering the 20-qubit and the 50-qubit systems

Dr. Jan Goetz, CEO, and co-founder of IQM

The 5-qubit quantum computer is part of a larger initiative. VTT and IQM aim to build together a much more powerful 50-qubit quantum computer by 2024 and further develop Finland’s long-lasting technology and expertise in quantum computing. Finnish universities VTT, Aalto University, and Helsinki University are the founding members of InstituteQ, which is focused on developing world-class quantum expertise. InstituteQ aims to develop Finland’s long-lasting technology and expertise in quantum computing.

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