D-Wave Systems has released a Quantum Annealer with over 5000 qubits. They have over 250 applications that can be run on the system.
The chip uses over 1 million superconducting Josephson junctions.
D-Wave was doubling qubits every year for the first decade but have been doubling every two years over the past seven years. There is no specific reason for 2013 to be a breakpoint in the slope. A few more product releases from D-Wave will show how closely Quantum machines copy Moore’s Law.
The previous chip had 2000 qubits and 6000 connections but the new chip has over 5000 qubits and 35000 connections. Higher levels of connectivity required a new fabrication process.
Usable Via Amazon Braket
The new D-Wave Advantage quantum processing unit (QPU) has more than 5000 qubits with 15-way connectivity to enable researchers and developers to explore larger, more complex quantum optimization problems.
Amazon Braket provides access to two D-Wave QPUs: the Advantage QPU and the existing D-Wave 2000Q QPU. The new Advantage QPU can handle larger problems with fewer physical qubits.
SOURCES- Steve Jurvetson Flickr, D-Wave systems, Amazon, Ars Technica
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