IBM plans to offer its 20 qubit quantum computer as a cloud-based service by the end of the year, allowing businesses to take advantage of the power of the super-processors without needing to invest in the hardware.
Customers will be able to take advantage of the machine to process quantum algorithms in as little as 90 microseconds, IBM said.
It said it had also built a fully operational prototype 50 qubit processor, which is not ready for release yet but will be integrated into the next generation of IBM Q systems.
“We are, and always have been, focused on building technology with the potential to create value for our clients and the world,” said Dario Gil, vice president of AI and IBM Q at IBM Research.
“The ability to reliably operate several working quantum systems and putting them online was not possible just a few years ago. Now, we can scale IBM processors up to 50 qubits due to tremendous feats of science and engineering.
"These latest advances show that we are quickly making quantum systems and tools available that could offer an advantage for tackling problems outside the realm of classical machines."
Over the next 12 months, IBM's engineers and data scientists will continue developing its devices, including upping quality of qubits, circuit connectivity, and reducing error rates of operations to run more advanced quantum algorithms.