Building a quantum computer requires assembling a lot of different pieces. This includes the quantum chip, the control electronics and control firmware, mechanical packaging, software, libraries, etc. The complexity of assembling all these pieces can be a big challenge. Although a large company like IBM can assemble the diverse set of talent to do all of this, it has been much more difficult for a small startup or even a university research organization to build their own a quantum computer with all the pieces unless they are very well funded.
This is where Quantum Machines’ Quantum Orchestration Platform fits in. Although there are many efforts to build quantum chips, the complexity of providing the necessary control electronics and control firmware and software to control the chips can be just as difficult and the expertise to do this may not be as readily available. The Quantum Orchestration Platform provides a solution for those teams that want to bring in this capability from the outside instead of designing it themselves. The diagram below shows where their technology would fit into the stack.
The platform consists of device called an Analog Front-End & Pulse Processor and associated firmware that can perform all the pulse generation, readout, control flow and classical processing capabilities needed. Multiple units can be ganged together to provide integrated capability for more channels. Quantum Machines indicates that their platform has been designed with flexibility in mind and can work with many different qubit implementation technologies including superconducting, trapped ions, NV centers, quantum dots, and topological qubits. Quantum Machines has also created their own programming language called Qua for programming the system.
Although some vendors can supply some of the pieces needed in that critical middle layers of the stack, Quantum Machines product is interesting because they are uniquely providing an integrated hardware and software capability for these middle layers. This will make it easier for organizations to build a quantum computer with the chips they have developed. Quantum Machines indicates that their product is already in use within multiple organizations including multinational corporations, quantum startups, government laboratories, and academic institutions in six countries. For more details on the Quantum Orchestration Platform, you can visit the Quantum Machines web site here.
January 7, 2020