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Quandela Creates a Connector that Transpiles Gate-Based Programs So They Can Run on a Photonic Processor

2022-08-01T09:25:15-07:00

A native quantum program for a photonic processor will be much different from a native gate-based program written for superconducting, ion trap, or other quantum modalities. On the other hand, there is already an extensive code back of quantum code that has been written in Qiskit and one other gate-based programming platforms that might benefit from being able to run on a photonic processor. Photonic technology may have some advantages over the other modes because these processors can run at room temperature and are less effected by the external environment which can harm the quality of the calculations. In order to [...]

Quandela Creates a Connector that Transpiles Gate-Based Programs So They Can Run on a Photonic Processor2022-08-01T09:25:15-07:00

Quantum Computing Inc. Optimizes Vehicle Sensor Placement for BMW Using a New Type of Quantum Processor

2022-07-29T12:42:34-07:00

The exercise was to perform an optimized placement of vehicle sensors as part of a Quantum Computing Challenge sponsored by BMW and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The problem required optimizing the placement of sensors on automobiles to reach the highest coverage at the minimum cost and the problem was configured as an optimization problem that included 3,854 variables and 500 constraints. Quantum Computing Inc. (QCI) had previously provided a solution last year using a D-Wave quantum annealer and a Variational Analog Quantum Oracle (VAQO) approach that required over 7 hours of D-Wave runtime and several hundred sensors. But the breakthrough in [...]

Quantum Computing Inc. Optimizes Vehicle Sensor Placement for BMW Using a New Type of Quantum Processor2022-07-29T12:42:34-07:00

Research Roundup for July 2022

2022-07-28T20:34:22-07:00

By Chris Mansell Hardware  Title: Suppressing quantum errors by scaling a surface code logical qubitOrganization: GoogleThe ultimate goal of quantum error correction is to create a fault-tolerant quantum computer. For this to happen, the error correcting mechanisms, which themselves are subject to the occasional error, must cross a threshold where they correct more errors than they introduce.  The surface code is designed to make several noisy physical qubits behave as a single, less noisy, so-called logical qubit. In some impressive new research, superconducting qubits are put into groups of either 9 or 25 in order to test whether the whole is less [...]

Research Roundup for July 20222022-07-28T20:34:22-07:00

Origin Quantum Secures a 1 Billion Yuan ($148.2M USD) Series B Funding Round

2022-07-26T12:23:10-07:00

Original Quantum is a startup headquartered in Hefei, China and founded in 2017 by a team from the quantum information laboratory at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The company is believe to have over 300 employees with about 75% of them R&D personnel. They have been developing quantum processors based upon both superconducting and spin qubit technologies and have also developed a quantum computing software framework called Qpanda2 to build, run and optimize quantum algorithms along with a quantum operating system called Origin Pilot. They received a Series A funding of over 100 Million Yuan ($15.4M USD) in January 2021 and [...]

Origin Quantum Secures a 1 Billion Yuan ($148.2M USD) Series B Funding Round2022-07-26T12:23:10-07:00

University of Chicago Introduces a Certificate Program in Quantum Science, Networking, and Communications

2022-07-25T19:42:15-07:00

The University of Chicago in association with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is offering a seven week on-line course to prepare prepares students to enter the quantum field with demonstrations, simulations, and technical hands-on experience. It is geared towards early-career individuals ten years or less of professional experience and a bachelor’s or graduate degree in the sciences such as physics, computer science, engineering, or math as well as mid-career professionals seeking to transition into the quantum field. The course will consist of on-line evening lectures twice a week for seven weeks and self-paced modules to teach the student the theoretical and [...]

University of Chicago Introduces a Certificate Program in Quantum Science, Networking, and Communications2022-07-25T19:42:15-07:00

IonQ Establishes German and Israeli Subsidiaries

2022-07-24T21:17:17-07:00

IonQ is looking to expand its geographical reach and has formed IonQ GmbH in Germany and IonQ Israel LTD in Israel in order to better support their commercial partners in Europe and Israel. Establishment of the subsidiaries will also help to embed IonQ within the European and Israeli quantum ecosystem. Noam Zakay, formerly the Program Director of IBM Quantum Europe, will be responsible for business development and sales of these subsidiaries. Additional information is available in a news release posted on the IonQ website here. July 24, 2022

IonQ Establishes German and Israeli Subsidiaries2022-07-24T21:17:17-07:00

Continued Progress at Google AI Quantum: QVM, Cirq 1.0, Surface Code Scaling, and More Sycamore Qubits

2022-07-23T12:43:09-07:00

Google held its Quantum Summer Symposium last week and described a number of new developments that shows they are continuing to progress in their quantum developments. They first announced of a free program called the Quantum Virtual Machine (QVM) that runs in a Colab notebook. Although Google has not made any of their quantum processors openly available to the public yet, the QVM allows anyone to emulate one of Google's processors to test out their programs and see how they would run run on one of their quantum machines. Although there are many other quantum simulators out there, the key differentiator [...]

Continued Progress at Google AI Quantum: QVM, Cirq 1.0, Surface Code Scaling, and More Sycamore Qubits2022-07-23T12:43:09-07:00

IQM Raises €128 Million ($130M USD) in Series A2 Funding

2022-07-22T11:04:18-07:00

The funding was led by World Fund with additional participation from Bayern Kapital, EIC Fund, OurCrowd, QCI SPV, Tofino and Varma, as well as existing investors Maki.vc, Matadero QED, MIG Fonds, OpenOcean, Salvia GmbH, Santo Venture Capital GmbH, Tencent, Tesi, and Vsquared. IQM is building superconducting based quantum processors, but has taken a different commercialization strategy than some of the other hardware providers. Rather than concentrating on providing cloud based systems that can be openly accessed over the internet, they are concentrating on providing on-premise, full-stack processors that can be installed at research laboratories and supercomputing centers. They are also taking [...]

IQM Raises €128 Million ($130M USD) in Series A2 Funding2022-07-22T11:04:18-07:00

Atlantic Quantum Secures $9 Million in Seed Round Funding

2022-07-22T10:26:39-07:00

Atlantic Quantum is a spinout from the Engineering Quantum Systems (EQuS) group at MIT formed in early 2022. They are developing a scalable, fault tolerant quantum processor using superconducting technology. They assert that they have a superior approach for superconducting qubits because they are using a new type of noise-protected qubit that will improve coherence times by an order of magnitude along with a control scheme that will make scaling easier. Their seed round funding was led by The Engine with additional participation from Thomas Tull, Glasswing Ventures, Future Labs Capital, and E14. The company will use the funds to expand their technical teams in [...]

Atlantic Quantum Secures $9 Million in Seed Round Funding2022-07-22T10:26:39-07:00

Silex Completes Construction of Stage 3 Pilot Demonstration Facility to Produce Purified Silicon Wafers for Quantum Computing

2022-07-25T12:10:41-07:00

One of the key engineering activities to achieve qubits that have the longest coherence times is materials engineering to produce purified substances that will help reduce the impact of things that will degrade the coherence time of a qubit. For spin qubit technologies a key material that is important is the starting silicon wafer upon which the qubit structures are built. Natural Silicon consists of three isotopes including Si-28 (92.2%) which has zero nuclear spin, Si-29 (4.7%) which has a spin state of 1/2, and Si-30 (3.1%) which has also has zero spin. Natural silicon is perfectly fine for semiconductor processing [...]

Silex Completes Construction of Stage 3 Pilot Demonstration Facility to Produce Purified Silicon Wafers for Quantum Computing2022-07-25T12:10:41-07:00
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