Quantum Computing Competitive Analysis

Goals

To provide a competitive analysis in the Quantum Computing space, consisting of Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Google, Honeywell, and D-Wave. Specifically, the analysis should provide an overview of each company’s primary value propositions; the stage in its quantum computing journey (such as research/pilot, commercial); any proprietary patents the company owns; its core audience/community (such as tech adherents, general population, researchers); key messages in its marketing and communication; and the marketing and communication tactics to reach out to its audience/community (such as social channels, hackathons).

Early Findings

General Insights on the Quantum Computing Space

  • Spending on quantum computing is expected to rise from $260 million in 2020 to $9.1 billion by the end of the decade.
  • Among the leading players in the quantum computing space include: IBM, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Amazon, IonQ, Quantum Circuits, Rigetti Computing, and Honeywell.
  • Honeywell was among the latest entries into the quantum computing space.
  • Some of the developments in the leading players in quantum computing include:
    • D-Wave differs from most quantum tech companies, such as Google, Rigetti, IBM, and IonQ in that its quantum computer, the quantum annealer, is a more of a simulator than a computer.
    • IBM has developed the IBM Q quantum computer with a 53-qubit (quantum bit) computer aimed at business and academia markets. IBM's quantum computing target audience/community includes businesses, researchers, educators, and developers.
    • In 2019, Google reached a milestone by being the first to "demonstrate a quantum computer could perform calculations that a traditional classical super computer could not."
    • Through its Azure Quantum, Microsoft seeks to "bring together leading quantum hardware and develop software," with partnership with such companies as 1QBit, Honeywell, IonQ, and QCI.
    • Among the developments at Intel include the recent unveiling of the “Horse Ridge” cryogenic control chip aimed at the commercialization of quantum computing, and the company's focus to build a quantum computing chip as opposed to a large system.

Summary of Findings

In this preliminary hour of research, we have created a spreadsheet in which the parameters of the requested competitive analysis for Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Google, Honeywell, and D-Wave, will be provided. We have also provided some highlights on some of the developments in quantum computing in these companies.

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