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China's Baidu Unveils 10-Qubit Quantum Computer

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Other players in this field, including Fujitsu, Google, and IBM, are working on significantly more powerful quantum computers.

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Chinese company Baidu has launched its first superconducting quantum computer called "Qian Shi," which it claims is the world's first "all-platform quantum hardware-software integration solution" and is already available to use by the public.

The 10-qubit quantum computer was revealed at the Quantum Create 2022 conference in Beijing, and it combines Baidu's hardware, software stack (called Liang Xi), and a number of "practical quantum applications." The company also points out that other commercially available quantum computers currently only offer up to 7 qubits of performance.

Baidu is probably best known for its search engine, but believes its quantum computer can help in the rapid development of artificial intelligence, computational biology, material simulation, and financial technology. Applications that already exist include quantum algorithms for novel lithium battery development and protein folding simulations.

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