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An IonQ quantum computer.

IonQ said its new barium-based quantum computer is "intended to be even faster, more powerful, and more easily connected than IonQ's current commercial systems."

Credit: Kai Hudek, IonQ

IonQ revealed that it has joined forces with the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to begin producing a stable, domestic source for barium qubits. The duo claims their joint efforts will allow them to "be able to supply qubits for [IonQ's] quantum computers in perpetuity." 

In addition to creating a reliable supply, the duo also managed to shrink the size of individual qubits down to "a microscopic scale." According to the company, the result is a way to create quantum computers small enough to be networked together.

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