IBM adds LG Electronics to its IBM Quantum network of more than 170 members

Since 2016, when IBM offered the first open access to an online 5-qubit quantum computer, it has been committed to accelerating and scaling the growth of the quantum computing ecosystem. His commitment to the quantum ecosystem continues unabated today. Although it has significant reach and membership, the IBM Quantum Network is only a small part of the supporting fabric of IBM’s total ecosystem.

IBM recently announced LG Electronics joining the IBM Quantum Network. LG Electronics is a South Korean multinational electronics company headquartered in Yeouido-dong, Seoul, South Korea, and employing over 80,000 people worldwide. The IBM Quantum network also includes other electronics industry giants such as Toshiba, Sony, Samsung, Hitachi and others.

LG Electronics plans to leverage the IBM Quantum Network to help it explore the application of quantum computing for various applications such as artificial intelligence, connected cars, digital transformation, IoT and robotics applications.

IBM Quantum Global Network membership

The IBM Quantum Network is global in scope and has over 170 members. There are many significant benefits for all companies and research organizations that belong to the network. Benefits include:

  • Privileged access via the cloud to IBM’s most advanced quantum computing systems and quantum development tools
  • Access to IBM quantum experts for technical assistance, training and collaborative research.
  • Use of proprietary Qiskit extensions. Qiskit is an open-source, modular and extensible quantum programming framework.

Experiencing quantum today is key to harnessing the quantum advantage in the future.

IBM’s hardware and software quantum roadmap is useful not only to members of the IBM Quantum Network, but also to the entire quantum ecosystem. The roadmap facilitates planning by forecasting IBM’s planned hardware and software developments through 2026 and beyond. As a member of the network, LG Electronics will be able to take advantage of future advances and breakthroughs and apply them to its business.

When first released in 2020, IBM’s roadmap called for a new 127-qubit quantum processor to be released the following year. On schedule, IBM delivered on its late 2021 forecast with the announcement of its new Eagle processor, the first quantum computer with 127 high-quality qubits, surpassing China’s Jiuzhang superconducting quantum computer by 113 qubits. Technical improvements built into the Eagle will also be part of IBM’s future quantum processors – for the 433-qubit Osprey due next year and the 1121-qubit Condor in 2023. Beyond 2023, IBM plans to launch a quantum computer with one million qubits or Suite. There is still a lot of research to be done by the whole ecosystem before this is possible.

Byoung-Hoon Kim is CTO and Executive Vice President of LG Electronics. According to IBM’s press release, he said, “Based on our open innovation strategy, we plan to use IBM Quantum to build our quantum computing skills. We aim to provide customers with value they have yet to experience by leveraging quantum computing technology. in future ventures.”

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