Iran’s first quantum CPU turns out to be ARM development board from Amazon

Published: Jun 14th 2023, 09:08 GMT   Comments

Iran announces next-generation quantum CPU for military purposes

The product is actually an ARM development board that can be found on Amazon. 

Iran’s Quantum CPU is actually an ARM development board, Source: iranintl

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the Coordinating Deputy of the IR Army and the former Commander of the Navy announced last week that Iran has made advances in modern technologies. Technologies like quantum computing will be part of the next-generation weaponry that can deal with the threats of tomorrow.

The speech given Navy’s Imam Khomeini Maritime University in Noshahr wasn’t just about what can be done and what should be done, but also what has already been achieved. One of such products is a system that can “counter navigation deception in detecting surface vessels using the quantum algorithms”, as the description claims.

Iran’s Quantum CPU is actually an ARM development board, Source: iranintl

The product on display did not look like anything that even reassembles a modern quantum processor. In fact, even with a naked eye, one can see that the board is labeled as ZedBoard. Turns out this product is actually developed and manufactured by a US company called Diligent, and it can be found on websites such as Amazon for $600/€700. Probably the cheapest quantum CPU on the market.

Of course, the Diligent development board does not have such an advanced processor, but a low-power ARM-based SoC with a dual-core Cortex A9 processor. This device features only 256MB of internal storage and 512MB of DDR3 RAM, nothing that would even remotely correspond to what modern Quantum CPUs (QCUs) require. In fact, quantum CPUs do not use bits but qubits that use non-binary state like in modern computers.

This stunt by the Iranian army has been met with ridicule on Persian social media, reports Iranian news outlet IranInt. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the only embarrassment for the Iranian government in recent time. Last year, one of the university’s professors claimed that their Phyton-based software can predict the future. Unfortunately, it was unable to predict the outcome of this Quantum CPU reveal.

Source: El Chapuzas Informatico

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