Atom Computing, a quantum computing startup, has recently announced that it has created a 1,225-site atomic array, currently populated with 1,180 qubits, in its next-generation quantum computing platform. This is the first time a company has crossed the 1,000-qubit threshold for a universal gate-based system, planned for release next year. This is a significant milestone for the industry, as it marks a step towards fault-tolerant quantum computers capable of solving large-scale problems.
According to the company’s CEO, Rob Hays, rapid scaling is a key benefit of Atom Computing’s unique atomic array technology.Rob Hays, CEO of Atom Computing
It is worth noting that fault-tolerant quantum computers that can overcome errors during computations and deliver accurate results will require hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of physical qubits along with other key capabilities, including long coherence times, mid-circuit measurement, high fidelities, error correction, and logical qubits. Atom Computing continues to work towards these capabilities with its next-generation system, which provides new opportunities for its partners.
How does Atom Computing’s atomic array technology work?
The technology according to Atomic Computing uses nuclear spin qubits formed from arrays of optically-trapped neutral atoms. The company’s approach involves using neutral atoms, specifically strontium 87, placed in an evacuated chamber and manipulated with lasers to encode states, offering a promising path to scale in quantum computing. The qubits are cooled, trapped, and controlled wirelessly using lasers. Read White Paper 📄
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