Amazon Has its Eyes on Quantum Computing, but Not on Quantum Hardware…Yet

So far, among the tech giants, Amazon has been conspicuously absent from the Quantum Computing sector. Until May 27, 2021, Amazon had only one patent asset in the sector, while companies like Google have 80 and IBM has over 300. Four…

IBM Branches Out, Microsoft Shudders

IBM has its eyes on a topological quantum computer and Microsoft must be worried. Like virtually every company with investment in quantum computing, IBM has previously only been committed to a single qubit type, with investment only in…

Big Tech has Already Shown Interest in Quantum AI, the US Government is Next

What’s a sure sign that Quantum AI is a serious area of development? Major government contractors are investing. Patent Forecast® already highlighted Google and Microsoft’s efforts to accelerate artificial intelligence development using…

Microsoft, Google, and Others are Accelerating Machine Learning the Quantum Way

How long is it until the machines take over? Unclear, but it’s certain to be sooner with the development of quantum computing. In late April 2021, Microsoft was granted a patent for “adversarial quantum machine…

Baidu Makes Tiny Ripples In Quantum Computing. We See An Impending Tidal Wave.

Chinese companies are getting serious about quantum computing. After Alibaba launched a quantum computer in 2018, other Chinese companies were under pressure to do research of their own. Both Baidu and Tencent followed up the Alibaba…

Microsoft Debugs Quantum Software in Virtual Reality, Catches Up To Minority Report

In almost every Sci-Fi film, there is a scene where some scientist is manipulating holographic images with just their hands. Microsoft is interested in making that technology a reality. Patent Forecast® has captured Microsoft in Quantum…

A Start-Up Is Trying to Discover Drugs with Quantum Computing… Wait, Where Did It Go?

Occasionally, patent applications issue to companies that have seemingly disappeared, but Patent Forecast® is on the case! In March 2021, a patent application published to an English startup called GTN Ltd. The publication states that the…

Bank of America Dips its Toes into Hardware. How Far Will it Go?

Bank of America is no longer just looking at quantum computing software; they have their eyes on hardware as well. If you are worried about the advent of quantum computing and the impact it could have on hacking secure communications, Bank…

IBM and Google are building it, but who will come?

Unlike many other sectors, the Quantum Computing sector has so far been dominated by a few major hardware developers: IBM, Google, D-Wave Systems, and IonQ, among others. The main question addressed by companies in the sector right now is:…

The Quantum British Invasion

In the race to develop Quantum Computing, in addition to facing challenges across the Pacific in the form of China’s Jiuzhang Computer, the United States is looking like it faces challenges across the Atlantic as well. The United Kingdom…

Drilling for Oil the Quantum Way

What's next for quantum computing? Baker Hughes would have you believe it might be drilling for oil and natural gas. In an application published in late January, Baker Hughes claims a method for drilling a wellbore using a quantum computer…

IonQ Suggests Error Correction is the True Test of Quantum Computers, but is it Prepared?

Forget everything you know about quantum volume. Ok, maybe we should explain what quantum volume is before telling you to forget. Classical computers are often compared by the speed with which they are able to perform certain operations.…

China’s Jiuzhang Computer is Flashy, but PsiQuantum’s Paperwork Shows It Wants to Be More Than a Fad

In early December 2020, a group of researchers based in Hefei, China announced that their quantum computer, called Jiuzhang, managed to perform in 200 seconds what the fastest supercomputer in the world, a Chinese supercomputer called…

Support for IonQ Grows

Quantum computing is still in its infancy—industry experts are still undecided on the fundamentals, such as what qubit technologies are the cheapest and easiest to scale. Quantum computers have been built with superconducting qubits, using…

Next Generation Quantum Computers

In the past week, two new quantum computers have been launched, each claiming to be the most powerful quantum computer to date. D-Wave, the quantum computing heavyweight, made the Advantage quantum system available over the cloud on…

A Spotlight on Xanadu

Xanadu Quantum Technologies Inc., a Canadian quantum startup, has placed the world’s first photonic quantum computer onto the cloud. In contrast to quantum computers that rely on expensive and fragile qubits, Xanadu’s computer uses photons…

Q-CTRL Can’t Do It Alone

One of the biggest problems in quantum computing is keeping qubits stable. Any amount of noise, from increases in temperature to disturbances in Earth’s magnetic field, can cause qubits to decohere. Most companies are attempting to fix…

Massive Government Investments in Quantum

U.S.-based Rigetti Computing, a smaller company competing with the likes of Google and IBM to construct usable quantum computers, has been hired by the United Kingdom to build that country’s first quantum computer. The deal, a £10 million…

Zapata’s Orquestra

Zapata Computing, which spun out of Harvard in 2017, has launched an ambitious unified Quantum Operating Environment, Orquestra. Orquestra offers one location to use any quantum hardware or software, creating a convenient work environment…

Built-to-Order, Not One-Size-Fits-All

Seeqc, which recently spun-out of superconductor developer Hypres, is working on developing essential hardware building blocks for eventual quantum computers. Instead of manufacturing a quantum processor that functions like a traditional…

Quantum Simulation

Bull SAS (Bull) is a French computer company with a long history. From the 1960s to 1980s, Bull was merged with or in some ownership relation with large American companies such as General Electric and Honeywell. In 2014, Bull was purchased…

IBM’s Collaborative Q Network

On July 17, 2020, Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) became a Quantum Hub in IBM’s Q Network. The Q Network is a network of companies, academic institutions, and research labs with access to IBM’s advanced quantum computing systems and…

1 Million-qubit System on the Horizon

Photonic quantum computers—the kind that startup PsiQuantum Corp. has been developing—have always been thought of as a moonshot technology, even in the quantum computing business. But now, Microsoft and others are investing $215 million…

Slow and Steady

IonQ, Inc., a College Park, Maryland company, builds quantum computing processors using trapped ion technology. Trapped ions are not a conventional way to obtain qubits because they make for a slower quantum computer. But trapped ions have…

Rigetti Computing a Prime Target for Acquisition

Rigetti Computing, a Berkely, California-based company and one of the larger players in the Quantum Computing world, builds quantum computers and sells its services through their Quantum Cloud Services platform. Although competing with…

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