For the last couple of decades, we've been hearing a lot about quantum computers. So far we haven't seen any real quantum computers hit the market, but IBM believes this may change within the next three to five years. Norishige Morimoto, director of IBM Research in Tokyo and global vice president at IBM, believes commercialization of these systems will start in the first half of the next decade. This model is expected to offer 58-qubit.
Starting its R&D on quantum computing as early as in 1996, IBM released a 5-qubit quantum computer in 2016 and unveiled the world's first 20-qubit system, dubbed IBM Q System One, at CES 2019, Morimoto said, disclosing that the company will soon launch 58-qubit quantum computers.
He said that existing quantum computers are still unable to match current supercomputers based on traditional computing architectures in computing performance, thus not suitable for commercialization before the rollout of 58-qubit ones.
Quantum computers will be paired with supercomputers, as they require an isolated environment with a temperature of -273 degrees Celsius to prevent noise interference. More at DigiTimes.