(TechTarget) IonQ expects to deliver by year’s end its first cloud-based services.
The IonQ system uses a distinctly different approach from competitors such as IBM, Microsoft, Rigetti and Google. Companies like IBM and Google use silicon chips to create their qubits, which require expensive control systems to keep temperatures close to absolute zero. The qubits used in the IonQ system are individual atoms of the element ytterbium that store the information. The information can be processed and retrieved from the atoms using sophisticated lasers, a method company executives refer to as ion trapping.
IonQ recently released the results of two benchmark tests published on Cornell University’s Quantum Physics site that showed its upcoming system is capable of solving more complex problems with a higher degree of accuracy than any other results published by competitive systems.