Japanese collaboration aims to deliver quantum computers in 2023

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Fujitsu and RIKEN research institute plan to jointly offer quantum computers to companies in the fiscal year starting April 2023.

As reported in Nikkei Asia, the two organisations have been working with RIKEN to create a new research centre called the RIKEN RQC-Fujitsu Collaboration Center located in Wako city, Saitama prefecture. The centre combines RIKEN's quantum computing technology using superconducting circuits with Fujitsu's computing technology and knowledge of quantum technology applications.

The first quantum computer Fujitsu intends to sell next year has 64 qubits, and the intended market is research companies working in the fields of medicines, materials, and financial forecasting. The hope is that quantum computing can have a major positive impact in a range of fields including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, automobiles and finance.

Fujitsu aims to deliver a computer with 64 qubits and this initial product will be used for applications in financial forecasting, materials science and the development of new medicines. The company then aims to deliver a machine with more than 1,000 qubits in April 2026. 

Fujitsu and RIKEN have previously collaborated several times - perhaps the most famously on the development of the Fujitsu A64FX processor used in RIKEN’s Fugaku supercomputer.

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02 September 2021