infinityQube, the world’s fastest quantum analog computing hardware is here — but will it stick?
“We built, infinityQube, a cloud native platform and quantum analog-computing technology that can run any coding language, any problem– up to 100,000x faster than an average laptop, with the same energy consumption as a lightbulb.” — infinityQ
The fact that the quantum wave is here shouldn’t come as a surprise to many. Whilst there are several global developments today surrounding the use of quantum computing techniques (which could potentially make the future of computing markedly faster and more efficient), perhaps none look more promising than the infinityQube. Intuitive, energy efficient and computationally powerful, it is set to transform the quantum computing universe as we know it.
The world’s first Quantum Analog Computer
Historically, a rather well-known algorithmic challenge in the field of operations research and computer science has been the Travelling Salesman Problem (TSP). It is used to find the shortest, and yet the most efficient route a person can take, given a specified list of locations that need to be hit.
It was in January 2020 that scientists revealed the world’s first fully AI-coupled chip that could solve the TSP for 22 cities instantly, something that would take high performance normative von Neumann CPUs about 1200 years to compute. About a year and a half later, we are now faced with the infinityQube — a device that claims to solve the TSP for 128 cities in a matter of minutes — almost six times faster than the fastest AI-coupled chip unveiled a year ago.
Developments surrounding the infinityQube can be traced to Canadian start-upInfinityQ Technology, Inc, who have marketed their new device as the world’s first quantum analog computer. A new high-performance hardware that can function perfectly well at room temperatures, it is set to tackle head-on several real-world problems in finance, logistics, pharma, energy, engineering and optimisation and transform enterprise speeds entirely; having already picked up over a $1 million in seed funding from several financial institutions and pharma companies worldwide.
Speaking at the press release of the new device, infinityQ CEO and co-founder AurélieHélouis said that their firm’s new approach would allow the infinityQube to combine both atomic quantum systems as well as analog electronics: “In practice, this means infinityQ develops computational capabilities by using artificial atoms to exploit the superposition effect and achieve quantum computing capabilities without the error correction and cryogenics tax. This allows the computer to utilize several times less energy than a typical CPU; the machine’s energy consumption is the same as a common light bulb.”
This quantum-analog approach to computing could indeed prove to be ground-breaking in an era of edge computing given its low energy requirements, room-temperature capabilities, and ability to integrate seamlessly with existing high-performance infrastructures. Currently only available via cloud on an invitation-only basis, the jury is soon set to be out on this seminal piece of new technology in the coming days. Either way, these are exciting times we are living in, very exciting indeed.