Last May, I had a discussion with Peter Chapman, CEO of IonQ, a start-up quantum computing company. Before coming to IonQ, Chapman worked for Amazon, where he was responsible for all the technical complexities of Amazon Prime. IonQ had accomplished a lot in the twelve months that Chapman had been at the helm, so I was looking forward to talking to him.
My biggest surprise during that discussion was that IonQ was simultaneously working on its next three generations of its trapped-ion quantum computers – 5th, 6th, and 7th generations.
In a recent follow-up with Chapman, including Chris Monroe, IonQ’s Co-founder and Chief Scientist, we discussed IonQ’s release of its 5th generation quantum hardware. Keep in mind that the 6th and 7th generations are still in development. Chapman said that each generation would be smaller and more powerful than its predecessor when released. Although he