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IBM launches quantum computing system for commercial use

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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