IonQ Joins Azure Quantum Ecosystem

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This week IonQ joined the Azure Quantum ecosystem in partnership with Microsoft. Azure Quantum is a full-stack, open cloud ecosystem that will make IonQ’s quantum computers, based on trapped ions, commercially available via the cloud, allowing users to leverage IonQ’s unique approach to quantum computing.

IonQ brings a unique approach to quantum computing with tremendous potential,” said Krysta Svore, General Manager of Quantum Systems at Microsoft. “This partnership brings world-class quantum computing capabilities to Azure Quantum, and we’re excited to continue working together to realize the full benefits of quantum computers.”

IonQ’s unique approach to quantum computing is to start with nature: using individual atoms as the heart of our quantum processing units. Leveraging this approach, IonQ has shown the capability to solve complex problems with greater accuracy. This partnership will enable Microsoft Azure Quantum customers to run their own calculations on the world’s most accurate quantum computer, using existing Microsoft tools such as Q#, QDK and Visual Studio. This partnership allows IonQ to focus on quantum hardware and to take advantage of Microsoft’s continued innovation in quantum software tools.

Azure Quantum is the world’s first full-stack, open cloud ecosystem that enables quantum impact today. Together with our partners, we’re assembling the industry’s most diverse selection of quantum solutions, software, and hardware in Azure. Azure Quantum is a single, lasting experience that enables customers to write one code that connects to any hardware advancements that come along—classical computers, quantum hardware from our partners, or our own quantum system built on the foundation of tomorrow’s revolutionary topological qubit.

According to IonQ, the company’s trapped-ion approach offers the most promise for making reliable, scalable quantum computing a reality. Recently, the company announced a further $55M in funding from Samsung Electronics, Mubadala Capital, GV, Amazon, and NEA, and built the largest programmable quantum computer to date, demonstrating performance benchmarks that no other quantum computer has been able to match.

We’re excited to see Azure Quantum customers run their programs on IonQ quantum computers for the first time,” said Peter Chapman, CEO of IonQ. “We’ve seen a ton of excitement from all corners about our ion-based approach, and are thrilled to expand access to our quantum capabilities through Microsoft’s network.”

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