Azure Quantum to offer Pasqal, IonQ Aria processors soon

By Dan O'Shea posted 22 Mar 2022

Azure Quantum, Microsoft Azure’s cloud-based quantum computing service, provided an update on new quantum computing partners and new architecture versions from existing partners that are coming to the service.

For starters, Azure Quantum is getting its first neutral atom-based quantum architecture via Paris-based upstart Pasqal, according to an Azure Quantum blog post. Users can pre-register today for a private preview while awaiting broader availability of Pasqal’s computer on Azure Quantum later this year. Pascal is aiming to deliver a 1000-qubit quantum processor to the market by the end of 2023, and has been making customer progress of late, announcing a partnership with Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, earlier this month.

The blog post also stated that Azure Quantum will be the first cloud service to offer IonQ’s new Aria quantum computing architecture, which IonQ has said can run hundreds of gates on a single algorithm, and recently achieved a record 20 Algorithmic Qubits. Aria also is being used on a project involving IonQ and automaker Hyundai as they strive to create better batteries for electric vehicles.

Azure Quantum also said the Rigetti M-1, an 80-qubit processor, also will soon be coming to the service, as will Quantum Circuits’ full-stack superconducting system.

These new and upgraded offerings should only make Azure Quantum more appealing for users, and along with the growing roster of quantum computing choices, Microsoft also has been offering users credits to try out the Azure Quantum service.

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