Together with the scientific research center Riken, Fujitsu will be the first Japanese business to offer quantum computers for research projects starting in 2019.

As Nikkei Asia reports (Opens in a new window) , Fujitsu has been collaborating with Riken through the development of a new research facility dubbed the Riken RQC-Fujitsu Collaboration Center (Opens in a new window) in Wako city, Saitama prefecture, since last year. There, a group of 20 researchers combines the superconducting circuit-based quantum computing technology of Riken with the computing and quantum technology applications expertise of Fujitsu.

If you’re curious about what a quantum computer looks like or how it operates, IBM researcher Jeff Welser conducted the following engrossing interview with PCMag in 2018:

The first quantum computer Fujitsu plans to sell contains 64 qubits, and it is aimed at research organizations engaged in the development of pharmaceuticals, materials, and financial forecasts. The aim is that quantum computing will significantly advance a variety of industries, such as chemicals, medicines, cars, and finance.

In order to provide a point of comparison, Google unveiled a quantum computer in 2019 that had 53 qubits and IBM’s 2021 quantum computer has 127 qubits (Opens in a new window) . You may get a decent idea of how swiftly quantum computing development is expected to accelerate over the next few years from Fujitsu’s goal to build a quantum computer with over 1,000 qubits “around March 2027.”

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Editor’s Note: This article has been modified to reflect that Fujitsu will make the quantum computers available to clients conducting research before full commercialization.

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