Intuitively, almost everyone can appreciate how difficult and knowledge-intensive it is to design, develop, analyze, and simulate a quantum computer chip. Without years of education and training, it seems almost impossible to create such a complicated device. Until recently, even experienced researchers needed weeks or even months to design a simple quantum chip from start to finish.
After an initial soft launch in late 2020, IBM officially released its new open-source design automation software Qiskit Metal in March 2021. Qiskit Metal is the first software to automate the design of superconducting devices. IBM is looking at eventually expanding its use from superconducting to other quantum technologies as well.