For me, this is the best product so far in the CES (Consumer Electronics Show): IBM Q System One. It is a new quantum computer that is wholly integrated. This finicky computing machine which can crunch massive datasets is caged in a super-chilled enclosure, and covered in 0.5-inch-thick borosilicate glass. When it gets into production, it will do its work via cloud. Simply, IBM has gone cloud-first even for the quantum future.
The news: At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, IBM took the wraps off the Q System One, which it claims is the world’s first integrated universal quantum computing system for commercial applications. Companies won’t be able to run out and buy the machines, though—they’re only accessible via IBM’s computing cloud.
All-in-one: Many quantum machines that use superconducting circuits, an approach favored by IBM, are a smorgasbord of wires connecting various electronic devices to a cryostatic cooling chamber that contains the quantum chip. The Q System One, on the other hand, is a single, tightly integrated system enclosed in an airtight case nine feet (2.7 meters) tall.