IBM is announcing its new Osprey system that aims to boost quantum computing development. According to the company, the Osprey processor has 433 qubits, significantly more than the company’s 2021 Eagle processor (127).
It is worth noting, IBM also says it has no plans to slow development and is still targeting a 4,000 qubit quantum computer by 2025.
“The new 433 qubit ‘Osprey’ processor brings us a step closer to the point where quantum computers will be used to tackle previously unsolvable problems,” says Darío Gil, Senior Vice President, IBM and Director of Research.
“We are continuously scaling up and advancing our quantum technology across hardware, software and classical integration to meet the biggest challenges of our time, in conjunction with our partners and clients worldwide. This work will prove foundational for the coming era of quantum-centric supercomputing.”
This characteristic of qubits means they significantly outperform standard bits. The performance of a quantum computer is dictated by how many qubits it has… the more the better. Of course, building more qubits into a processor is not the only component in quantum computing.
IBM says that its roadmap towards 4,000 qubits will continue. Next up is the 1,121-qubit Condor quantum system that will launch in 2023. Then, the company will debut a 1,386-qubit Flamingo processor in 2024. Finally, the Kookaburra processor with 4,000 qubits is set for a 2025 launch.
It is worth noting IBM has hit previous milestones on its roadmap, including Osprey. So, there is no reason why the company cannot achieve the next targets.
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