A rendering of IBM Q System One, the world's first fully integrated universal quantum computing system, currently installed at the Thomas J Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, where IBM scientists are using it to explore system improvements and enhancements that accelerate commercial applications of this transformational technology. For the first time ever, IBM Q System One enables quantum computers to operate beyond the confines of the research lab.

IBM has unveiled Q System One, what the company calls, ‘an integrated universal approximate quantum computing system’, designed for scientific and commercial use. IBM also announced plans to open its first IBM Q Quantum Computation Center for commercial clients in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2019. The announcement was made at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

IBM Q System One is comprised of a number of custom components that work together, says IBM.The design includes a nine-foot-tall, nine-foot-wide case of half-inch thick borosilicate glass forming a sealed, airtight enclosure. The hardware is designed to be auto-calibrated to give repeatable and predictable qubits, says IBM. The system involves cryogenic engineering for a continuous cold and isolated quantum environment, and includes classical computation to provide cloud access and hybrid execution of quantum algorithms, according to the company.

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