IBM introduces 133-qubit quantum computing processor and modular system

IBM introduces 133-qubit quantum computing processor and modular system

IBM is stepping up its quantum computing activities with a series of new introductions in the field. It is delivering a 133-qubit Heron processor, along with an experimental 1,121-qubit ICondor-Processor.

IBM has been trying to be at the forefront of quantum computing for some time. To realize this ambition, the tech giant recently updated its roadmap. This roadmap helps companies better use and deploy quantum computing.

Introduction 133 qubit Heron processor

Currently, the giant is showing as being able to deliver a 133-qubit IBM Heron processor. This processor should be the basis for a whole series of last-generation quantum processors and other quantum computing hardware.

The Heron processor is the successor to the IBM Eagle quantum processor and has a computational capacity of 127 qubits. Applications for this processor are mainly in science and research.

Condor 1,121 qubit processor

In addition to the Heron processor, the tech giant also presented an experimental large-scale quantum computing processor that, for the first time, exceeds the 1,000-qubit limit of computing capacity. The IBM Condor is a 1,121 qubit processor.

Despite the large number, this processor still has the same performance as the large-scale IBM Opsprey processor of 433 qubits from 2022. Ultimately, building the Condor processor, along with the experience of the Eagle processor, has led to the advanced 133-qubit Heron processor.

IBM Quantum System Two

In addition to processors, IBM has also announced the first modular quantum computing system that runs on the specific Heron processors: the IBM Quantum System Two. This modular system, which does resemble an old mainframe environment, should form the basis for the upcoming IBM quantum computing system architecture.

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The single unit combines three Heron quantum processors with a scalable cooling infrastructure and classical servers with modular qubit electronics. This makes the setup expandable for when the tech giant introduces newer quantum processors.

Other updates

Furthermore, Qiskit 1.0 will also be available soon. This open-source development kit for quantum computing allows developers to write and modify quantum software and run it on the IBM Quantum Platform or a simulator. The arrival of the Qiskit Patterns tool should help developers build this specific software with simple code.

Finally, a preview also announced that the IBM quantum computing program gets generative AI functionality from Watson X for building quantum circuits.