Baidu Launches Superconducting Quantum Computer and the World’s First All-Platform Integration Solution, Bringing Quantum Computing Within Reach

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BEIJING, August 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU and HKEX: 9888) (“Baidu” or the “Company”), a leading artificial intelligence company with a strong Internet foundation, today announced today its first superconducting quantum computer that fully integrates hardware, software and applications. In addition to this, Baidu also introduced the world’s first all-platform quantum hardware-software integration solution that provides access to various quantum chips via mobile app, PC and cloud. Launched at Quantum Create 2022, a quantum developer conference held at beijingthis new offer paves the way for the long-awaited industrialization of quantum computing.

A breakthrough technology that harnesses the laws of quantum mechanics to solve problems beyond the reach of classical computers, quantum computing is expected to bring game-changing transformations in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), computational biology, computer simulation, materials and fintech. However, a significant gap remains between quantum devices and services.

Qianshi[1]Baidu’s industrial-grade superconducting quantum computer integrates its hardware platform with Baidu’s in-house software stack[2]. On top of this infrastructure are many practical quantum applications, such as quantum algorithms used to design new materials for new lithium batteries or to simulate protein folding.

Qianshi provides the public with a stable and substantial quantum computing service with the power of 10 high-fidelity quantum bits (qubits). Additionally, Baidu recently completed the design of a 36-qubit superconducting quantum chip with couplers, which demonstrates promising simulation results on key measurements.

As quantum computing continues to experience remarkable advancements, many companies are exploring how quantum computing will help their real-world businesses. This led to the development of “Liang Xi”[3]the world’s first all-platform quantum hardware-software integration solution which offers versatile quantum services through private deployment, cloud services, and hardware access. Liang Xi is able to tap into Qianshi and other third-party quantum computers, including a 10-qubit superconducting quantum device and a trapped ion quantum device developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Users can easily visit these quantum computing resources via mobile app, PC and cloud.

“With Qian Shi and Liang Xi, users can create quantum algorithms and utilize quantum computing power without developing their own quantum hardware, control systems, or programming languages,” said Dr. Runyao Duan, director of the Baidu Research Institute of Quantum Computing. “Baidu’s innovations enable access to quantum computing anytime and anywhere, even via a smartphone. Baidu’s platform is also instantly compatible with a wide range of quantum chips, meaning plug-and-play access is now a reality.

These latest innovations are supported by Baidu Research’s Institute of Quantum Computing, whose technology footprint covers a wide range of areas, including quantum algorithms and applications, communications and networking, encryption and security, remediation errors, architecture, measurement and control, and chip design. Through more than four years of research and development, Baidu has filed more than 200 core technology patent applications in the field of quantum technology.

About Baidu Research Institute of Quantum Computing

Baidu Research Institute of Quantum Computing was established in March 2018 by Dr Runyao Duan, Founding Director of the Quantum Software and Information Center at the University of Technology Sydney. With quantum computing playing a crucial role in next-generation computing technology, Baidu aims to integrate quantum technologies into Baidu’s core business, with the institute growing to become a global leader in quantum computing research. quantum artificial intelligence (AI).

Baidu Research Institute of Quantum Computing aims to create comprehensive quantum software and hardware solutions and focuses on breakthrough in basic quantum research, building autonomous and controllable quantum infrastructure, accelerating practical frontier applications quantum network and industrial quantum network development, which together form Baidu’s QIAN strategy. By building an open and sustainable quantum ecosystem, Baidu strives to realize the vision of a world where “Everyone can quantify”.

About Baidu

Founded in 2000, Baidu’s mission is to simplify the complicated world through technology. Baidu is a leading artificial intelligence company with a strong Internet base, listed on NASDAQ under “BIDU” and HKEX under “9888”. One Baidu ADS represents eight ordinary Class A shares.

To note:

1. Qian Shi (乾始) means “the origin of all things is in the heavens” in Chinese.

2. Baidu’s quantum software stack includes Qualitya cloud-based platform for quantum control, quantum sheet, a cloud-native quantum computing platform, QNETa quantum network toolkit, PEQa quantum error processing toolkit, and quantum paddle, a quantum machine learning platform. Learn more at quantum.baidu.com.

3. Liang Xi (量羲).

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