Honeywell announced Thursday that it has upgraded its quantum computers to the level of surpassing IBM and is currently in the world’s leading position. The feat met a promise made by the company in March and was a milestone in its ambitious efforts. Honeywell is understood to want to increase the computing power of its own quantum computers tenfold a year over the next five years.
Honeywell Quantum Computer “Brain” (from Honeywell) protected by cavity ionization chamber
This quantum computer, called H0, has a quantum volume (Quantum Volume) score of 64. As an assessment of the total number of qubits for a machine, it is better than IBM’s Raleigh machine in January.
The scientific community hopes that quantum computers will be able to solve the problems that ordinary “classic” computers can’t solve with the strange nature of atomic-level physics.
So far, research has been focused on picky projects. In addition, in a narrow “quantum supremacy” test, Google found that its quantum computers performed less well than classic computers.
But as research expands and deepens, combined with anti-jamming technology, and the number of qubits continues to grow, quantum computers will eventually become more powerful.
Looking ahead, it is expected to play an important role in optimizing financial mix, machine learning, and new material design, such as photovoltaic panels and batteries.
In fact, a few decades ago, Honeywell was a top manufacturer of mainframes, only to sell to other companies in the industry.
A few years ago, the company quietly assembled a team of 120 researchers in Colorado and Minnesota. At the same time, with its expertise in materials science and industrial operations, quantum computing problems are solved.
Tony Uttley, president of Honeywell’s quantum computing division, says that as the number of H0 designs grows today, it will grow from 64 today to 640,000.
Given the large amount of space remaining, the company is also aggressively expanding its infrastructure, even filling several seats at a time. In addition, the company is developing another new system called H1 to further surpass the size of H0.