(ZD.Net) Honeywell has introduced what appears to be the first subscription-based plan for quantum computing usage. With the introduction last Thursday of the company’s Model H1 quantum computer, with 10 qubits and a logical quantum volume of 128, the company detailed a plan to charge in a subscription fashion based on monthly access to the machines.
The subscriber license gives a company access over the course of a month to blocks of “dedicated time,” in two different flavors, standard and premium, with eight hours per month of dedicated time or sixteen hours, respectively.
The idea of blocks of time is to accommodate the need to provide something like quality time in which to do quantum experiments.
“We’re talking about significant time,” said Tony Uttley, president of Honeywell Quantum Solutions, in an interview.
The H1 follows a Model H0 released in June and tested with customers since the fourth quarter of last year. Both models are based on Honeywell’s unique hardware approach that makes use of “trapped ions.”