IBM receives 9,100 patents in 2018; India 2nd highest contributor in world

IBM's Q System One is the world's first commercial quantum computer

For the 26th year in a row, IBM earned more patents than any other United States company in 2018 - 9,100, to be exact, with more than a third of those the result of the computing giant's work in artificial intelligence as well as in cloud and quantum computing.

In terms of the IBM Q System One's appearance, the computer is defined by a stack of circuit boards and wires, encased in a metal cylinder that sits in a half-inch thick glass case.

IBM Q System One's eye-catching design is functional in the way it enables the quantum system to perform its sensitive, precise operations. This is a historical step in the field of quantum computing, considering the fact that quantum computers haven't left the confines of a research lab. While the computer is open to paying customers, developers will access its power from the comfort of their own homes or offices via the IBM Cloud.

Hybrid execution of quantum algorithms in an isolated, secure environment that is accessible through the cloud. "Our leadership in AI, cloud computing, security and quantum computing patents speaks to IBM's commitment to research and development in these important areas".

The company also signaled plans to open a quantum computing center in NY later this year, which will house a cloud-based quantum computing system for IBM Q Network clients.

IBM managed to shed all that and build a compact attractive piece-of-art that rests inside a 9-foot tall, 9-foot wide half-inch borosilicate glass case.

"The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialisation of quantum computing", said Arvind Krishna, Senior Vice President of Hybrid Cloud and Director of IBM Research, in a press statement. So far, most of these computers haven't gone beyond research labs and sporadic demonstrations. So, it might not be that powerful and more optimizations would be on its way. They quickly lose their special quantum properties, typically within 100 microseconds (for state-of-the-art superconducting qubits), due in part to electromagnetic environment, vibrations, and temperature fluctuations.

Quantum computers are very complex systems, for designing this system IBM collaborated with top class designers, manufacturers, and architects from around the world. Protection from this interference is one of many reasons why quantum computers and their components require careful engineering and isolation.

A replica of IBM Q System One will be on display at CES.

ExxonMobil will become the first energy company to join the IBM Q Network.

Called as "IBM Q System One", the computer has been created to employ quantum computing principles (albeit in their initial phases) and could be used by businesses and individuals for their own uses.

IBM Q is an industry-first initiative to build commercial universal quantum systems for business and science applications.