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Switch-Science releases portable quantum computers

by on19 December 2022

Using SpinQ Technology

Switch-Science has just announced a trio of quantum computing products claiming that they are the world's first portable quantum computers.

Sourced from SpinQ Technology, a Chinese quantum computing company based in Shenzen, the new quantum computing products have been designed for educational purposes and provide access to physical quantum computing solutions that can be deployed (and redeployed).

They have their limits. Able to run just three qubits, the three on show are unlikely to be at the cutting edge of quantum computing but are more helpful in training how the tech can be used.

Dubbed the Gemini Mini, the Gemini, and the Triangulum, the three units have differing complexities and designs. Yet all of them feature a fully-integrated quantum computing system that's capable of operating at room temperature.

SpinQ uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spin qubits, a technology first introduced in 1997. This means that it has limited scaling capabilities, and its quantum capabilities are more faith-based as NMR-related research from the past years has failed to show entanglement capabilities for these particular qubits.

The Gemini Mini is the company's entry-level offering, a 200 x 350 x 260mm, 14 kg system that features a two-qubit solution (hence the name) with >20 ms of coherence time. According to the company, the Gemini Mini can run more than 30 gate operations on one qubit, and more than ten when using a two-qubit circuit. It features an integrated screen and supports 18 demo algorithms, including documentation and training materials. The Gemini is available for $8,104. Power consumption stands at 60 W (including the power needed for the integrated screen).

The Gemini loses the screen and can perform more complex gate operations, with single-qubit processes allowing for up to 200 gates of depth and upwards of 20 gates in 2-qubit operations while maintaining the quoted ">20 ms" coherence times. This one will set you back $41,510. It has a 600 x 280 x 530 mm volume, power consumption is up to 100 W, and it weighs ~44 kg (portability, it seems, is relative).

The third product is called Triangulum. It costs $57,400, weighs 40 Kg, and offers three NMR spin qubits with coherence times >40 ms (doubling the capability of the Gemini pair). It has higher coherence times, meaning more work can be done before the spin qubits' states decohere and all work is lost. It has only 40 gate-depth operations on a single qubit and up to 8 gate-depth for two or three-qubit operations. It has a 330 W power consumption rating.


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