The race to build the best and the fastest quantum computer continues, but now it’s not just Google AI and IBM who are running — Honeywell has joined in too.
Google AI and IBM have been in the race for a while now. Just last October Google claimed to have made it to “quantum supremacy” by creating a quantum computer that could solve a problem that would have taken the world’s most powerful supercomputer 10,000 years to figure out.
Immediately after, IBM refuted Google’s statement.
Perhaps it’s now time for both Google and IBM to move aside and let a third contender join in on the fun. North Carolina-based multinational conglomerate, Honeywell, has claimed that their quantum computer has twice the power as the best quantum computer that currently exists.
— Microsoft Quantum (@MSFTQuantum) March 4, 2020
It’s an interesting statement to make given there isn’t yet a universally accepted standard for the power of a quantum computer.
Honeywell’s quantum computer is supposedly extremely stable, and instead of depending on faster superconducting chips like Google AI and IBM use, Honeywell’s computer uses ion traps instead. This technology enables individual ions to be held in place using electromagnetic fields and moves around thanks to laser pulses.
It’s these ion traps that Honeywell claims will make its quantum computer far more scaleable.
We’re yet to see a commercially available quantum computer, however, these technologies hold the real potential to revolutionize computing by being able to solve unbelievably long and complicated numerical problems simultaneously by using qubits instead of bits.
After Honeywell’s rather large claim, the company has yet to reveal the computer — but as they stated, we’ll just have to wait until the middle of 2020.
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