August 18, 2022

IBM’s Qiskit Metal lets users design Quantum chips in minutes

IBM’s Qiskit Metal lets users design Quantum chips in minutes Qiskit Metal is an open-source platform that automates parts of the design process for quantum chips. Image: IBM Quantum

IBM has announced the general availability of Qiskit Metal, an open-source platform that automates parts of the design process for quantum chips.

The tool tool was first announced late last year as part of the company’s larger Qiskit portfolio, which provides open-source tools for creating programs that can run on IBM’s cloud-based quantum devices.

The idea is to let users play around with pre-built components on the platform to produce state-of-the-art chips for superconducting quantum devices in a matter of minutes.

A rendering of a four-qubit quantum chip in Qiskit Metal.  Image: IBM Qiskit
A rendering of a four-qubit quantum chip in Qiskit Metal. Image: IBM Qiskit

BM’s Qiskit’s team partnered with Chalmers University of Technology, which already has strong experience in building quantum test chips. The researchers were able to design a competitive eight-qubit chip using IBM’s platform, but in a record 30 minutes. It took another hour to run the design on a simulator, where the device performed as expected based on Chalmers’ previous experiments. (ZDnet)

The tool can be trialed there.