Quantinuum Proves Their Quantum Computers Will Scale with Major Hardware Innovation

March 5, 2024

Solving the "Wiring Problem” Clears a Path to Widespread Commercial Viability 

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 5, 2024 – Quantinuum, the world's leading integrated quantum computing company, today announced a significant advancement in the field of quantum computing scalability. Researchers at Quantinuum have successfully demonstrated a novel approach that solves two major hurdles limiting the scalability and commercial viability of quantum computers: the "wiring problem" and the "sorting problem”.

Solving the Quantum Scaling Challenge

Quantum computers hold immense potential to revolutionize various industries, from drug discovery to materials science. However, achieving this potential hinges on the ability to build larger and more powerful quantum computers. One of the most significant challenges in this pursuit is scalability – how to efficiently integrate and control a growing number of qubits (the quantum equivalent of bits in classical computers).

Quantinuum's Innovative Solution

Quantinuum's researchers have developed a groundbreaking solution that addresses both the "wiring problem" and the "sorting problem". Traditionally, each qubit requires numerous control signals, making it impractical to scale to larger numbers. Quantinuum's approach, detailed in this scientific paper, utilizes a clever combination of a fixed number of analog signals and a single digital input per qubit, significantly minimizing the required control complexity. This method, coupled with a uniquely designed 2D trap chip, enables efficient qubit movement and interaction, overcoming the limitations of traditional linear or looped configurations.

Impact and Significance: Expanding Commercial Benefit and Viability

This breakthrough has significant implications for the future of quantum computing:

  • Demonstrates scalability of the Quantum Charge-Coupled Device (QCCD) architecture: This achievement directly addresses concerns regarding the scalability of Quantinuum's trapped-ion quantum computing architecture, proving its potential for future growth.
  • Solves the "wiring problem" and "sorting problem": This solution tackles two critical roadblocks hindering the development of large-scale quantum computers.
  • Real-world implementation with impressive results: The successful demonstration on three distinct systems showcases the reproducibility and commercial viability of this approach.
  • Simplifies connections between quantum and classical systems: By minimizing the control complexity, this approach simplifies the interface between quantum and classical systems, accelerating the development of hybrid quantum algorithms and facilitating faster access for real-world applications.

“This is a significant milestone not only for Quantinuum but for the entire quantum industry, propelling us into an era of widespread quantum commercialization," said Dr Nash Palaniswamy, Chief Commercial Officer of Quantinuum. "Our team's groundbreaking work paves the way for building larger and more powerful quantum computers, enabling businesses to harness the transformative power of this technology and unlock real-world solutions across various sectors.”

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About Quantinuum

Quantinuum, the world’s largest integrated quantum company, pioneer’s powerful quantum computers and advanced software solutions. Quantinuum’s technology drives breakthroughs in materials discovery, cybersecurity, and next-gen quantum AI. With almost 500 employees, including 370+ scientists and engineers, Quantinuum leads the quantum computing revolution across continents. Visit https://www.quantinuum.com to learn more.

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Kaniah Konkoly-Thege

Kaniah is Chief Legal Counsel and SVP of Government Relations for Quantinuum. In her previous role, she served as General Counsel, Honeywell Quantum Solutions. Prior to Honeywell, she was General Counsel, Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, LLC, and Senior Attorney, U.S. Department of Energy. She was Lead Counsel before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Kaniah holds a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and B.A., International Relations and Spanish from the College of William and Mary.

Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller is Chief Information Officer for Quantinuum. In his previous role, he served as CIO for Honeywell Quantum Solutions and led a cross-functional team responsible for Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Physical Security. For Honeywell, Jeff has held numerous management and executive roles in Information Technology, Security, Integrated Supply Chain and Program Management. Jeff holds a B.S., Computer Science, University of Arizona. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of Commander.

Matthew Bohne

Matthew Bohne is the Vice President & Chief Product Security Officer for Honeywell Corporation. He is a passionate cybersecurity leader and executive with a proven track record of building and leading cybersecurity organizations securing energy, industrial, buildings, nuclear, pharmaceutical, and consumer sectors. He is a sought-after expert with deep experience in DevSecOps, critical infrastructure, software engineering, secure SDLC, supply chain security, privacy, and risk management.

Todd Moore

Todd Moore is the Global Vice President of Data Encryption Products at Thales. He is responsible for setting the business line and go to market strategies for an industry leading cybersecurity business. He routinely helps enterprises build solutions for a wide range of complex data security problems and use cases. Todd holds several management and technical degrees from the University of Virginia, Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell University and Ithaca College. He is active in his community, loves to travel and spends much of his free time supporting his family in pursuing their various passions.

John Davis

Retired U.S. Army Major General John Davis is the Vice President, Public Sector for Palo Alto Networks, where he is responsible for expanding cybersecurity initiatives and global policy for the international public sector and assisting governments around the world to prevent successful cyber breaches. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, John served as the Senior Military Advisor for Cyber to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy.  Prior to this assignment, he served in multiple leadership positions in special operations, cyber, and information operations.