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Microsoft and Quantinuum Achieve Quantum Computing Milestone with Lower Error Rates

Microsoft and Quantinuum created a system that reduces errors in quantum computers by 800 times.


, in collaboration with firm Quantinuum, has announced an advancement in the field of quantum computing. The companies have developed a system that not only reduces error rates but also excels at correcting them. This development marks a move towards the realization of a hybrid supercomputing system, which combines the strengths of both quantum and classical computing to tackle complex scientific challenges. This development is a part of Microsoft's ongoing partner with Quantinuum, which has previously seen milestones in quantum computing

Innovative Qubit-Virtualization System

At the heart of this achievement is the introduction of a “qubit-virtualization system,” which boasts an 800-fold reduction in error rates compared to existing benchmarks. Quantum computers rely on qubits for processing information, but qubits are notoriously prone to errors. Microsoft's new system addresses this critical challenge by enhancing the reliability and scalability of quantum computers. The system's ability to identify and rectify computational errors without compromising the integrity of existing qubits is particularly noteworthy. This process, known as “active syndrome extractions,” is essential for facilitating longer and more complex computations, thereby moving closer to achieving fault-tolerant quantum computing.

Towards a New Era of Quantum Computing

This breakthrough signifies a transition from the experimental phase of quantum computing to a more reliable implementation phase. The advancements made by Microsoft and Quantinuum have demonstrated the potential for quantum computers to be powered by reliable logical qubits. In a recent test, the qubit-virtualization system achieved 14,000 consecutive error-free calculations, underscoring the feasibility of creating a more dependable quantum computing infrastructure.

Microsoft's ultimate ambition is to develop a hybrid supercomputer capable of solving some of the most daunting problems in fields such as chemistry and materials science. To reach this goal, known as Level 3 of quantum implementations, the company is focusing on the development of “topological qubits.” This technology is expected to further enhance the stability and scalability of quantum computers, paving the way for groundbreaking solutions to complex scientific and industrial challenges.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.