IQM SparkTM

Start Your Quantum Journey

IQM Spark™ is our 5-qubit superconducting quantum computer, tailored for universities and research labs. With custom learning experiences, IQM Spark™ brings affordable and easy access to quantum computing for future scientists, developers, and innovators. 

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Set the stage for
future success

The leading institutions in physics, biology, chemistry, engineering and finance investing in quantum computing will attract the best talent and become more competitive. So, equip your research lab for quantum and set the stage for future success.

Product features

01.
We make quantum
affordable

IQM Spark™ is an affordable 5-qubit superconducting quantum computer. It will be delivered, installed and calibrated for you, so that you can start your quantum journey with ease. 

02.
Instant access
with flexibility

You have complete physical access to the quantum computer, securing your experimental research without the need to wait in queues. Also having the flexibility to switch between components makes it an optimal testbed for quantum computing. 

03.
Learn with iqm

With custom learning experiences and the help of IQM Academy, your institution can become a quantum teaching hub for the next generation of scientists, developers and innovators. 

Technical specification

Processor: 5 qubits
Guaranteed
Typical
Single-qubit gate fidelity
≥ 99.7%
≥ 99.9%
Two-qubit gate (CZ) fidelity
≥ 96%
≥ 98%
Single-qubit gate duration
≤ 60ns
≤ 40 ns
Two-qubit gate (CZ) duration
≤ 100 ns
≤ 60 ns
Readout fidelity *
≥ 92%
≥ 95%
Quantum volume*
≥ 8
≥ 8
Q-score*
≥ 4
≥ 5
*with TWPA option ordered

Why IQM Spark tm ?

Secure And affordable

We offer an affordable 5-qubit superconducting quantum computer as a turnkey solution, seamlessly integrating a QPU, cryostat, control electronics, and software integration. Full equipment for complete, secure control at your location. 

Get started

No need to invest millions or spend years developing your own quantum computer, and you won't have to wait in a cloud-based queue either. IQM Spark™ is a full stack solution ready for you to get started now!

Together we are more

Let’s begin the journey together! We will install and calibrate the IQM Spark™ for you and help you along the way. We will provide continuously updated learning materials to guide you from your initial steps to successfully running your experiments. 

What our clients say

We share a common goal: We work to integrate quantum into HPC systems in a way that is usable and useful for researchers seeking to level up their results with the computational upgrade this hybrid approach will bring.

Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller
Chairman of the Board of Directors, LRZ

We are excited to say that the hard work of our teams from VTT and IQM is paying off, and we are on track to demonstrate the first stage of the project - a functioning quantum computer.

Dr. Antti Vasara
CEO, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
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Start your Quantum journey with iqm spark

With the help of tailored learning materials and IQM Academy, you can start your quantum journey with ease. By providing hands-on experience with IQM Spark™, your institution can attract future scientists, developers, and innovators.

Explore more of our extensive curriculum through IQM Academy.

Elevate your research and development

By providing full stack educational programs, all the way from hardware to algorithms and software, your institution can offer top learning experiences in quantum. When you have full hardware access with the possibility of switching between components, you can make sure you have a perfect testbed for quantum computing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can a user do with a 5-qubit on-premises quantum computer?

An on-premises quantum computer allows users to have physical access to the hardware and all layers of the quantum computing stack. They will learn how calibration affects the measurement outcomes, benchmarking the gate operations, and characterising decoherence, which is one of the main obstacles against a scalable quantum computer. They can attach peripheral devices, such as oscilloscopes, to monitor the pulse wave forms and learn how pulses implement quantum gates and produce the desired quantum state. Students can investigate the physical behavior of the transmon qubit and explore its multi-level nature for quantum information storage and rapid quantum control, without the limits imposed by a high-abstraction-level cloud access.

It is also possible to execute many simple quantum algorithms with IQM SparkTM. For more information on various use cases, see our recent scientific paper on Arxiv.

For education and research purposes, what is the advantage in learning how to use a real quantum device instead of a simulator?

An on-premises quantum computer is crucial to get practical experience with a current stage of technology development, called NISQ (Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum) computers. Before a full-fledged quantum computer with built-in error correction becomes available, students and researchers must master various techniques to work with a real-life quantum system. For students, this includes gaining practical skills by performing direct manipulation of the qubits by microwave pulses and investigating the basic properties of a quantum system in hardware experiments. During hands-on laboratory sessions, students get a full overview of how all components of a quantum computer are operating today.

To enhance the learning experience on quantum algorithms in the NISQ era, we recommend comparing the on-premises results to theoretical simulations or cloud experiments. Students can then enhance their understanding of noise models and various error sources of quantum gates.

Can this product be modified?

The product allows users to add their own software and hardware modules for experimentation purposes. This opens vast opportunities to study quantum components and use the machine as a testbed system in electronics and cryogenics industries.

With increased qubit numbers, a user receives an ability to do more thorough investigation on algorithms. There is the potential to go to a much higher Quantum Volume and to perform algorithm benchmarking, especially for quantum machine learning and optimization. For more details, please contact our sales team.

Why should I choose superconducting quantum bits?

Among many physical platforms, superconducting quantum hardware is well-suited for scaling the number of qubits and improving their fidelity while maintaining connectivity and thus becomes a preferred technology in the NISQ (Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum) era with roadmaps towards fault tolerance. This is an easy and cost-effective way to establish a quantum program based on the existing expertise in microwave electronics.

As superconducting quantum hardware remains the leading platform for large industry vendors, this becomes a must-have experience for future quantum talents. The investment in quantum computing startups was $2.3 billion in 2022 (Quantum Technology Monitor, McKinsey 2023), another study indicates that this number is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 11.5% from 2023 through 2027, reaching approximately $16.4 billion by the end of 2027 (IDC’s Worldwide Quantum Computing Forecast: 2023-2027, 2023). A majority share of this investment is likely to be in superconducting quantum hardware.

What are the site requirements for installation?

A room with at least 130x500 cm2 reserved for the system with a ceiling height of at least 290 cm. A stable floor with low vibrations, electromagnetic radiation, or any other external force that might interfere with the operation of the quantum computer. Cooling water with a heat removal capacity of at least 15 kW.

IQM will provide detailed site specifications and support to the customer to understand and implement the necessary changes to the site infrastructure. Once the installation is completed, one of our onsite engineers will commission the system, provide basic operational training, and conduct acceptance testing.

What kind of expertise is required in-house?

Students and scientists at all levels can perform scientific research using IQM Spark: Master, PhD, and Postdoc. To fully utilize the potential of the on-premises quantum computer, we recommend the following expertise be available in-house:

  • knowledge on microwave electronics, cryogenics and basic vacuum technology;
  • knowledge on running quantum algorithms and operating the software stack built in Python;

IQM will also provide educational materials and training for the users to learn the basics of operation and regular maintenance of a quantum computer.

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