Recent news items published within the last 6 months on quantum computing developments are listedan  below. Click on the hyperlinked item to go to the press release or news article for more details. For older news items published in 2021 click here, for 2020 click here, for 2019 click here, for 2018 click here, and for items published in 2015-2017, click here.

July 5, 2022 – News Brief
Oxford Quantum Circuits Secures £38 Million ($46M USD) in Series A Funding

Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) has raised this investment fund from Lansdowne Partners, The University of Tokyo Edge Capital Partners (UTEC), British Patient Capital and existing investors Oxford Science Enterprises (OSE) and Oxford Investment Consultants (OIC). It is the largest Series A fund raise for any UK quantum company. The company will be using the funding to scale up its quantum processors and to expand internationally in the Asia-Pacific region. The company’s processors are based upon superconducting technology, but a distinguishing innovation is something they call Coaxmon. Coaxmon implements three dimensional circuits that can allows them to move control circuity off of the chip that contains the qubits. The company indicates this innovation will allow them to more easily scale the qubit count without degrading qubit quality and control. Earlier this year, OQC announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to make their “Lucy” 8 qubit processor available on AWS’ Braket service. This makes them the first European company to do so and helps end UK end users who are concerned about data residency requirements. You can access OQC’s press release announcing this investment on their website here.

July 5, 2022
NIST Announces Round 3 Algorithms for Standardization and Round 4 Algorithms for Continued Study
In another important milestone for Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC), NIST has selected the first batch of algorithms from Round 3 that will be standardized and additional algorithms that will be analyzed during a Round 4 for potential additional standardization. The algorithms selected for standardization include CRYSTALS-KYBER for key-establishment and CRYSTALS-Dilithium, Falcon, SPHINCS+ for digital signatures. Additional algorithms Classic McEliece, Bike, HQC, and SIKE were selected for further study in Round 4. See our full article about this here.

July 2, 2022 – News Brief
QuSecure Wins SBIR Phase III Contract from the U.S. Government for Post-Quantum Cybersecurity
QuSecure, a company founded in 2019 and located in San Mateo, California, has secured a SBIR Phase III contract to implement their QuProtect post-quantum cryptographic solution to more than a dozen Federal Government agencies. Previously the company had started with a Phase I award from the U.S. Air Force in March 2020 to demonstrate their solution and a follow-on Phase II award in early 2022. This Phase III award will allow them to commercialize their technology. This Phase III award is the only one so far awarded by the U.S. government for post quantum cryptography and makes the company the Federal Government’s first PQC provider. The amount of the award has not been made public at this point but we estimate it is at least seven figures. Additional details can be found in a press release provided by QuSecure which you can find here.

July 2, 2022
Another Metropolitan Quantum Network Being Set Up in the Washington DC Area
A new metropolitan quantum network is being formed to join ones already started in ChicagoLong Island New York, and London. This one will be in the Washington DC area and will be called the Washington Metropolitan Quantum Network Research Consortium (DC-QNet). It will includes six U.S. government agencies located in the area and two additional affiliates outside of the region. Click here for our full article describing this new network.

July 2, 2022 – News Brief
qBraid Announces an Integration of their qBraid Lab SDK with Amazon Braket
The qBraid Lab SDK created by qBraid has three interesting features that can make it easier and faster for an end user to run a circuit on multiple platforms. The first is a “write-once-and-submit” function which can allow a user to create a circuit and submit it to multiple quantum hardware platforms and simulators without having to individually submit each one. The second is a circuit transpiler that supports over 20 different quantum hardware and simulation platforms that will take a circuit written in one quantum language and convert it so it can run on the many platforms including IBM Qiskit, Google Cirq, Xanadu Pennylane, Rigetti Pyquil and others. And the third feature is a mechanism to retrieve and manage the results of the multiple runs. The software is particularly useful for those who want to run a circuit on multiple platforms to compare the results of each platform. For example, Amazon Braket alone provides access to six different quantum computers and three different simulators and qBraid provides a pay-as-you-go model for accessing any of these. Additional information about the qBraid Lab, its integration with Amazon Braket, you can see a blog located on the qBraid website here.

July 1, 2022
NIST to Announce PQC Algorithm Selections on July 5, 2022
NIST has indicated that they will announce which of the Round 3 Post Quantum Cryptography algorithms they will select for standardization and also which of the alternatives will proceed on to Round 4 for analysis on July 5, 2022. This will represent a major milestone in a process that was started in late 2016. Click here for more.

June 30, 2022
Chicago’s Duality Quantum Accelerator Selects Its Second Cohort
Chicago’s Duality Quantum Accelerator has selected its second set of Cohort 2 startup companies for the next 12 month program starting on July 11, 2022. In addition, Duality reported significant success with the companies comprising Cohort 1, which has just finished its program.  Click here to see more about which companies were selected and the benefits they receive by participating in this program.

June 29, 2022 – News Brief
Planqc Secures €4.6 Million ($4.82M USD) Funding Round for Development of a Neutral Atom Based Quantum Computer
Munich based planqc is a spinout from the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics and Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich that is developing a room temperature quantum computer based on neutral atoms trapped in optical lattices. The financing round wasled by UVC Partners and Speedinvest. The company is the first startup to emerge from the Munich Quantum Valley. They are joining other startups developing room temperature quantum computers based upon neutral atoms controlled by lasers including ColdQuanta, Atom Computing, Pasqal, and QuEra. The company has indicated that they have already routinely trapped and controlled more than 2000 atoms in their optical lattice simulators at the Max-Planck-Institute. For more information, you can view a press release available here and also a technical paper about their neutral atom technology authored by one of the company’s founders and posted on arXiv here.

June 28, 2022 – News Brief
SEMI Japan Forms a New Quantum Computer Council
The Semiconductor Industry Association of Japan (SEMI Japan) has formed a new council with a purpose of to promote communication and information sharing between SEMI member companies and those involved in quantum computers regarding quantum computers. The initial members include ten domestic semiconductor supply chain companies and research institutes and organizations with additional members expected to join in the future. The members of SEMI Japan decided to form this council because they expect that semiconductor manufacturing technology will be key for building quantum computers in the future. Additional information is available in a news release (in Japanese) issued by SEMI Japan that can be seen here.

June 27, 2022 – News Brief
Rigetti and Riverlane Receive a £500 Thousand ($613K USD) Grant to Work on Error Correction

Rigetti Computing and Riverlane have received this grant from Innovate UK, the UK’s national innovation agency, to study syndrome extraction on superconducting quantum computers. This would be a critical step for providing error correction on the qubits in a fault tolerant quantum computer. Since a qubit cannot be measured directly without collapsing quantum error correction circuits have to be made more complex than their classical counterparts. A common method is to include additional qubits in the circuit called ancilla (or auxiliary) qubits that can be entangled with the data qubits and subsequently measured to form a syndrome pattern. This syndrome pattern can indicate if there is an error within the data qubits and what qubits are affected. Additional gates can then be applied to the data qubits based upon the syndrom to fix the data qubits and correct the errors. This research from Rigetti and Riverlane will explore ways of implementing this error correction process while minimizing any additional errors that could result from the syndrome extraction process itself. The beauty of this approach is that while the ancilla qubits are measured the data qubits are not measured so they remain in the quantum state and don’t collapse. For more about this grant and research project, you can view a press release located here.

June 23, 2022 – News Brief
IonQ Collaborates with GE Research to Study Risk Modeling on Quantum Computers
Mathematicians have worked for many years to develop mathematical tools for modeling joint probability distributions with multiple variables. These techniques can be particularly valuable in areas such as finance where it is quite helpful to understand the correlations between three and four stock indexes to help predict future performance. One of the tools that mathematicians use is called a copula which was originally introduced in 1959. Recently, quantum researchers have found a way to express copulas as maximally entangled quantum states on a quantum computer. Together IonQ and GE Research modeled stock prices using this technique with up to four index variables on a hybrid computing confirmation that included both IonQ’s Aria quantum processor and a classical computer. Their results achieved comparable, and in some cases better, outcomes than classical copula modeling. The quantum approach should have an easier time scaling up to support more variables than the classical approach. So we would expect greater quantum advantages as the problems get larger. And this technique of risk modeling is by no means limited to the finance area. Other areas where this could potentially be used include product design, factory operations, supply chain management, and many others. For more information about this research you can view a news release from IonQ here, a blog article with additional detail here, and a technical paper with even more technical details here.

June 22, 2022
Silicon Quantum Computing Demonstrates an Analog Quantum Processor Chip Using Their Quantum Dot Technology
Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC) has announced their first analog quantum processor chip that has been specifically designed to accurately model the quantum states of a small, organic polyacetylene molecule. The device consists of placing 10 quantum dots made out of phosphorus atoms that are controlled by 6 electrodes. The electrodes can precisely control the position of the quantum dots to mimic the bonds and energy levels of the carbon atoms in the polyacetylene molecule. This device can then act as an analog model to the molecule itself. And by injecting it with current and measuring the results they can predict how the actual molecule would behave. Click here for our full story.

June 21, 2022 – News Brief
Rigetti Switches on their UK Quantum Computer
In a project funded by the UK government’s Quantum Technologies Challenge led by UK Research & Innovation, Rigetti has launched its a 32-qubit Aspen-series system and has made it accessible to Rigetti’s UK partners over the cloud through the Rigetti QCS™ cloud platform.This project was first announced in September 2020 with £10M ($13.35M USD) in funding and includes Rigetti’s UK partners Oxford Instruments, University of Edinburgh, Phasecraft, and Standard Chartered Bank. The partners will be using the machine to further their research into quantum algorithms and applications in areas including machine learning, materials simulation, and finance. Rigetti also announced they and their partners have received two different Innovate UK awards as part of the ISCF Commercialising Quantum Technologies Challenge. The first is a project with Riverlane to research syndrome extraction for use in error correction algorithms. The second is with Phasecraft and BT to research algorithms for solving optimization and constraint satisfaction problems. Rigetti’s press release announcing the launch of their UK quantum processor is available here.

June 21, 2022
Keysight Introduces a New Quantum Control System for Use in Quantum Processors
Keysight has developed a new modular Quantum Control System that provides high levels of signal accuracy using a technology called Direct Digital Synthesis.  A key specification for the new Keysight system is that of phase noise they have been able to reduce to a very low level of less than 130 dBm. The system is configurable with multiple modules that can be inserted into an 18 slot chassis with functionality that can synchronize multiple modules or multiple chassis together to act as one unit. The system also includes a Quantum-specific Python API software package that provides for Static System Configurations, Device Calibration Manager, Waveform and Data Visualization Tools and other tools that the company asserts is easy to use. Our full article with additional information about this new system is available here.

June 21, 2022
Amazon Web Services Adds a Fourth Quantum Initiative for Quantum Networking
With a significant portfolio of efforts to provide product and services for the quantum computing market, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now expanding its quantum initiatives and adding a new AWS Center for Quantum Networking (CQN) to develop offerings for the quantum networking market. Although specific products from this group have yet to be announced, the will be investigating a wide range of quantum networking and quantum security products that will include hardware, software, as well as various quantum resistant encryption offerings. Click here for more.

June 20, 2022
Quantum Computing Inc’s QAmplify Can Expand Today’s Processing Power by Up to 20 Times for Certain Problems
Quantum Computing Inc. (QCI) has launched its QAmplify suite of quantum software that is able to dramatically expand or amplify the processing power of any current quantum computer. QAmplify uses AI-Machine learning to amplify the effective number of qubits that they can claim in hardware. So far, QCI’s 5x to 20x results were obtained via internal benchmark and it is now validating the algorithm from a 3rd party perspective. Click here for the full article.

June 19, 2022 – News Brief
Amazon Braket Now Supports Qiskit Programs
AWS has announced that they are now support a Qiskit-Braket-Provider that will allow programs written on the Qiskit SDK to be run on any of AWS gate level machines attached to Braket including machines from Rigetti, IonQ, Oxford Quantum Circuits as well as as well as Braket’s on-demand simulators: SV1, TN1, and DM1. Qiskit is a very popular quantum programming language initially developed to support the IBM Quantum processors and this capability will now allow users to take existing algorithms and try them out on a variety of different machines. Utilizing this capability will only require adding a few lines of code to your Qiskit program. Additional information on how to use this new capability is included in a blog post on the AWS website here.

June 18, 2022
Who’s News: Management Updates at Zapata, ColdQuanta, Quix, and Quantum Delta
Zapata Computing has added a new member to their Board of Directors. ColdQuanta has recruited a new VP of Corporate Development, Quix has hired a new CEO, and Quantum Delta has added an executive to lead their quantum sensors program. Click here to read the details about the new additions to these respective organizations.

June 17, 2022
OVHCloud Partners with Atos and Quandela to Provide Additional Quantum Services
We reported last month that Pasqal is now partnering with OVHCloud to provide beta access to the Pasqal 100 qubit neutral atom processor. OVHCloud is now adding support for the Atos quantum emulator and Quandela’s Percival open-source photonic QPU simulator. OVHCloud is the largest cloud hosting service in Europe and has a fleet of 300,000 servers at 32 data centers in 19 countries. For the rest of the article, click here.

June 16, 2022
Chicago Quantum Exchange and Toshiba Complete their Initial Installation of a Quantum Network in the Chicago Area
We reported in April that the Chicago Quantum Exchange and Toshiba were building a 35 mile (56 km) quantum link between Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago. They have now completed this link and have added it to the 89 mile (144 km) quantum loop that Argonne had previously installed creating a total network spanning 124 miles (200 km) which is the largest quantum network currently deployed in the United States. This expanded network will have six nodes and including nodes at Argonne in suburban Lemont, Illinois, and the University of Chicago and the Chicago Quantum Exchange headquarters, both on the South side of Chicago. See our full article and a map showing the network configuration here.

June 16, 2022
D-Wave Unveils Its Zephyr Technology for the Future Advantage2 7000 Qubit Quantum Annealer
At its Qubits 2021 Conference last October, D-Wave disclosed that it was developing its sixth generation quantum annealing processor codenamed Advantage2. This processor is expected to be released in 2023-2024 with about 7,000 qubits, improved performance, and an increased qubit connectivity to 20 from the previous 15. D-Wave has now named this 20-qubit topology as the Zephyr topology. As part of the development process, D-Wave has completed a 500+ qubit small-scale Advantage2 prototype that employs a new qubit design, significantly lower noise, and the 20-qubit connectivity. Click here for more.

June 14, 2022 – News Brief
Quantinuum Upgrades their Ion Trap Processor to 20 Fully Connected Qubits

Quantinuum has announced that they have upgraded their H1-1 processor from 12 to 20 qubits. This new upgrade maintains the gate fidelities of the previous version but it increase the number of zones from 3 to 5, which will allow more parallel operations to occur simultaneously. The processor has been under beta test for the past month or so with JP Morgan Chase as a lead end user testing int out. JP Morgan Chase has just published a paper on arXiv titled Constrained Quantum Optimization for Extractive Summarization on a Trapped-ion Quantum Computer. The paper reports that this experiment used a circuit used all 20 qubits and had a total of 765 two-qubit gates with a maximum two-qubit gate depth of an impressive 159 levels. This H1-1 processor is now available to more users via Microsoft Azure and Quantinuum’s own cloud circuit. Quantinuum indicated that they will be upgrading their second machine, codenamed H1-2, to the same 20 qubit level later this year. Additional information about this upgrade is available in a press release posted on Quantinuum’s website here and also a product page for the processor here.

June 13, 2022 – News Brief
evolutionQ Receives $5.5 Million in Series A Funding
evolutionQ, a Waterloo, Canada startup providing quantum-safe cybersecurity products and services has received a $5.5 Million (USD) funding round from Quantonation and The Group Ventures. Their key product is called BasejumpQDN, which is software that helps to integrate quantum-safe technologies such as QKD with an enterprises network to protect from threats. The company also provides services for enterprises concerned about the quantum cryptographic threat including risk assessments, network verifications, product verifications, and strategy workshops. They will be using the funds for continued product development, expand their service offerings, and grow their sales and support in North America and Europe. You can access evolutionQ’s news release announcing this new funding in a post on their website here.

June 12, 2022 – News Brief
University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Joins the Co-design Center for Quantum Advantage (C2QA)
UIC will join 24 other partner institutions participating in C2QA and will represent the sixth minority serving institution. UIC, located in the heart of Chicago serves a substantial minority population and is also the city’s only public research university. They recently hired Thomas Searles, UIC associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the College of Engineering, to increase the university’s capability for teaching and researching quantum technology. Professor Searles’ lab is currently applying machine learning methods towards error mitigation in Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) devices.  He also has recently been studying quantum state tomography on the IBM machines and other platforms and looks forward to increasing opportunities in his lab. C2QA, led by the Brookhaven National Laboratory, is one of five U.S. Department of Energy-funded centers that are focused on the advancement of quantum information science and technology. C2QA has a particular mission of research ways to accelerate the achievement of quantum advantage, the ability to solve real-world problems beyond what is capable by a classical computing. For more on UIC’s and C2QA’s quantum activities, you can view press releases announcing this development from UIC here and another one from Brookhaven Lab’s Quantum Center here.

June 11, 2022 – News Brief
U.S. and Denmark Issue Statement of Cooperation on Quantum Information Science and Technology
The United States and Denmark have agreed to cooperate on activities related to quantum technology. This cooperation will include establishing inclusive scientific research communities, collaborating workshops, seminars, and conferences, creating collaboration opportunities within academic institutions, industry consortia, and major laboratories, promoting dialogue to encourage the formation of collaborative networks, promoting the commercialization of the technology by enabling opportunities to build a trusted global market and supply chain, and developing the next generation of quantum scientists and engineers. This statement is similar to ones that the U.S. has also signed with the United KingdomAustraliaJapanFinland, and Sweden. You can access the full statement of cooperation on the U.S. Department of State website here.

June 11, 2022 – News Brief
FormFactor Acquires JanisULT’s Dilution Refrigerator Product Line
Formfactor, a leading semiconductor test and measurement supplier, has acquired the cryogen-free Dilution Refrigerator (DR) product line from JanisULT. The products consist of three models, JDry-250, JDry-500, and JDry-600 which represent different levels of cooling power and are immediately available now. With this acquisition, FormFactor is now the largest manufacturer of dilution refrigerators in the United States. The fridges have the capability of cooling down to sub-10 millikelvin temperatures and will join other FormFactor offerings for the quantum market including high-throughput wafer and chip-scale cryogenic probers, adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator (ADR) cryostats for qubit prescreening, cryogenic RF and DC probe interfaces, and cryogenic test services at their Advanced Cryogenic Lab. Additional information about these products can be found in a press release available here and also a product brochure located on the FormFactor website here.

June 10, 2022 – News Brief
Qubit Pharmaceuticals Raises €16 Million ($16.8M USD) in Seed Round Financing
Qubit Pharamaceuticals, a Paris, France based company specializing in finding efficient solutions for computational drug discovery, has raised €16 Million in financing from XAnge, Omnes, Quantonation and Mr. Octave Klaba, founder of OVH. This brings total funding the company has received so far to over €23 million ($24.2M USD). The funds will be used to further develop the company’s Atlas software platform which leverages supercomputers and quantum computers to accelerate the development of more effective and safer drug candidates. The company has the aim of speeding drug candidate selection by a factor of 2X and reducing investment cost for drug discovery by a factor of 10X. They are a spin-off of research conducted at leading research institutions including CNAM, CNRS, University of Texas at Austin, Sorbonne University and Washington University. Qubit Pharmaceuticals has posted a news release with additional details that can be accessed on their website here.

June 10, 2022 – News Brief
Quantropi Introduces SEQUR™ SynQK Powered by QiSpace™ for Quantum Secure Digital Key Distribution
SEQUR SynQK is a scalable end-to-end platform for exchanging quantum secure digital keys between two parties. A key strength of this technology is its ability to exchange keys for very long distances at high data rates which they say provides advantages over alternate approaches of true QKD or other PQC algorithms, such as the ones being reviewed by NIST. In benchmark tests Quantropi performed with Deutsche Telekom and the Calian Group they demonstrated the ability to deliver at least 5 simultaneous quantum secure key streams over distances ranging from 4,000 to 15,000 KM at speeds ranging from 130 to 190 megabits per second. The company has a strategy of providing products that provide conform to three key principles of Trust, Uncertainty, and Entropy – or “TrUE”. Additional information about Quantropi’s release of the SEQUR project is available in a news release posted on the Quantropi website here and a product page for the SEQUR Quantum Entropy Services that can be viewed here.

June 9, 2022 – News Brief
QuantWare Receives a €7.5 Million ($8M USD) Award from the European Innovation Council
QuantWare, a Delft Netherlands, company that develops superconducting quantum processor chips was given this aware as part of a competitive new EIC Accelerator “enhanced pilot” program. The company will be using these funds to scale their processor chips to higher qubit counts. QuantWare provides these chips to organizations wishing to build up their own quantum computers using components obtained from different sources. QuantumWare has recently established partnerships with QuantrolOx to integrate their control software with QuantWare hardware and also QphoX to provide a way of networking quantum processors. You can access a news release announcing this award on the QuantWare website here.

June 9, 2022
Orca Computing Raises $15 Million and Provides a Small Quantum Processor to the UK’s Ministry of Defence
Orca Computing has raised $15 million in Series A funding from venture firms Octopus Ventures, Oxford Science Enterprises, Quantonation, and Verve Ventures. They will be using the funds to further develop their room temperature, photonic based quantum processor. In other news, the company announced that the UK’s Ministry of Defence has acquired a small rack mounted processor called the PT-1 to explore how quantum computing can be utilized for defense applications. Click here for our full article that discusses both developments.

June 8, 2022 – News Brief
qBraid Integrates Support for Pasqal into its qBraid Lab Platform
qBraid is a Hanover, New Hampshire based quantum software startup and a graduate of the first cohort of Chicago’s Duality Quantum Accelerator. They provide a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform called aBraid Lab for accessing quantum software and hardware from multiple vendors including Amazon Braket, IBM Qiskit, Xanadu Pennylane, Google Cirq, and Rigetti pyQuil. qBraid Lab provides a simple cloud environment to write quantum code, compatible across all quantum hardware, and interoperable with all quantum algorithm development tools without requiring additional software setups on your own computer. And now they have added support for the Pulser SDK from PASQAL. Pulser is an open-source software package used for programming neutral-atom devices at the pulse level. The Pasqal processor is the first neutral atom machine supported by qBraid and the Pulser software can provide quantum control for both in the digital and analog modes available in the Pasqal processor. For more on their support for Pasqal, you can view a press release posted the qBraid website here.

June 7, 2022
Covestro and QC Ware Agree to Work Together on Quantum Algorithms for Materials Simulation
The two companies have signed a five-year agreement to co-design quantum algorithms for applications in materials science and beyond. Although Covestro and QC Ware are currently working on proof-of-concept (POC) models using the machines available today, the companies believe that the algorithms they are developing will be usable to solve real-world problems (i.e. achieve Quantum Advantage) once processors with 200-500 qubits are available. Click here for the rest of the article.

June 5, 2022 – News Brief
Pasqal Opens Offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Sherbrooke, Canada
Pasqal is working hard to expand its enterprise customer base. They recently disclosed they are already working with Johnson & Johnson, LG, Airbus, BMW Group, EDF, Thales, MBDA and Credit Agricole CIB. And now they are making investments to find more business in North America. We reported last month that they had hired Catherine Lefebvre, as Vice President Strategic Business Development North America. Catherine will be based at Pasqal’s new Boston office. They have also announced the opening of a new Canadian office in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada in what is known as the Quantum Innovation Zone. Sherbrooke and the surrounding area have an active quantum ecosystem including the Université de Sherbrooke. The new Sherbrooke office will be set up as a subsidiary known at Pasqal Canada and will be working on collaborations with academia as well as developing new commercial applications. More about Pasqal’s expansions in North America is available in a news release posted on Pasqal’s website here.

June 4, 2022
NSF to Provide Supplemental Funding for Quantum Computing Platform Access
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” offering supplemental funding for currently active NSF awards to support quantum research using quantum cloud resources available from IBM Quantum, Microsoft Quantum, and Amazon Braket. Each funding request could be for an amount of up to $50,000 which would pay for the costs for the use of quantum simulators and hardware platforms as well as support for a graduate student for a period of one year. Click here for more.

June 3, 2022 – News Brief
University of Maryland’s Quantum Startup Foundry Now Accepting Applications to their 2022 Pre-traQtion Program

The Quantum Startup Foundry’s Pre-TraQtion Program draws entrepreneurs who are building Quantum-focused ventures and are looking for grant funding. The Pre-TraQtion Program is ideally valuable for early stage founders looking to commercialize their technology, build their companies, and engage the US Government for funding. The program helps companies navigate the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for specific topics related to quantum technologies. The program will run from July to October 2022 and the final deadline for submitting an application is June 30, 2022. Additional information is available on the website of the Quantum Startup Foundry here and the link to the page for applying to the program can be accessed here.

June 2, 2022
Xanadu’s Borealis Processor and Classiq’s Quantum Algorithm Design Platform Are Now Integrated with Amazon Braket
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced that Xanadu’s Borealis process is already connected and available for us on their Braket quantum cloud service. As recently mentioned in a previous article, this device has demonstrated quantum supremacy using a Gaussian Boson Sampling (GBS) demonstration and it does represent the first publicly available machine that has achieved this. Also Classiq has announced that it has integrated support for AWS Braket in its Quantum Algorithm Design Platform. The integration allows the Classiq platform to be used with any of the gate-based processors attached to Braket, except for the just released Xanadu Borealis processor. See our full article describing both of these announcements here.

June 2, 2022 – News Brief
Menten AI Using Nvidia’s cuQuantum to Support Its Drug Discovery Work
Nvidia has disclosed that Menten AI is using its cuQuantum’s tensor network library to simulate protein interactions and optimize new drug molecules. Like many quantum early adopters, Menten AI is investigating the use of quantum technology to accelerate the computationally expensive simulations used in classical computing for protein and peptide design. But the challenge is that today’s quantum processor are not really powerful enough to provide useful results. However, the processors are continuing to improve at a fast pace and it is likely they will become powerful enough to provide quantum advantage and provide solutions that cannot be achieved using classical computing. However, by using a high performance quantum simulator like the Nvidia GPU’s and cuQuantum software library, they can develop quantum algorithms and test them before the larger machines are available. Menten AI may even be able to achieve early results in their protein simulation work using cuQuantum but will certainly be ready to scale up and use those same algorithms on the larger machines when they are available. Additional information can be found in an Nvidia blog available here which describes cuQuantum and Menten Ai’s usage to help in drug discovery.

June 2, 2022 – News Brief
QuantWare and QphoX Partner to Provide a Way of Networking Superconducting Quantum Processors
QuantWare is collaborating with another subsystem supplier. In May, we reported on a partnership between QuantWare and QuantrolOx to provide machine learning based qubit control software for QuantWare’s superconducting processor chips. This time they are partnership with QphoX to provide ways of networking multiple quantum processors together into a mini quantum internet. This approach is gaining popularity because Rigetti is already doing this with their 80 qubit Aspen-M processor and plans to expand upon this with their future 336 qubits machine. Also, IBM announced plans to do this in the future in their latest roadmap release. The key component that QphoX will be contributing to this effort is their Quantum Modem™, a quantum transducer that will couple microwave and optical photons through a mechanical intermediary resonator. Additional information about this collaboration can be seen in a news release available on the QuantWare website here.

June 1, 2022 – News Brief
Singapore to Invest S$23.5 Million ($17.16M USD) Into Three Quantum Research Programs
The funds will support three different programs over a period of about 3.5 years. The first is the National Quantum Computing Hub (NQCH) which will develop quantum computing hardware and middleware, host a quantum computing facility at the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore, and research applications with industry collaborators in applications for areas such as finance, supply chain, and chemistry. The second program is a National Quantum Fabless Foundry (NQFF), hosted at A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE). This facility will provide micro and nano fabrication services for quantum devices being designed by the Singapore quantum research community. The third program is the National Quantum-Safe Network (NQSN). This network will initially include 10 network nodes to be installed across Singapore connected to fiber, including two at NUS, two at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), a node at Horizon, and others at government and private company premises. This quantum network program will be funded with $8.5 million Singapore dollars ($6.3M USD) over a three-year period. The main goal of the NQSN will be to develop a means to provide robust cybersecurity for critical infrastructure including communication systems for governments, critical infrastructure such as energy grids, and companies handling sensitive data in areas such as healthcare and finance. For more information about these investments by Singapore, you can view a news release available here on the website of Singapore’s Centre for Quantum Technologies.

June 1, 2022
Xanadu Launches Borealis, a 216 Squeezed-state Qubit Photonic Processor
Xanadu, a Toronto based quantum computing startup, has released their Borealis processor and has made it available on the Xanadu Cloud. They will also make it available soon on the Amazon Braket cloud service. In addition, Xanadu has demonstrated Quantum Supremacy with this device by running a Random Number Sampling experiment on it use Gaussian Boson Sampling. Click here for the rest of the article.

May 31, 2022 – News Brief
Quantum Brilliance Installs a Quantum Computer at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Australia
The quantum processor that has been installed by Quantum Brillance at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is a small processor primary intended for to test how it can be integrated within a hybrid classical/quantum architecture as a quantum accelerator with the Setonix, Pawsey’s new state-of-the-art HPE Cray Ex supercomputer. The team at Pawsey will be using the system to explore hybrid algorithms as well as collect and optimize operational data for such things as diagnostics, maintenance data and cycles. This program was announced last year but took a little longer than initially planned due to Covid-related delays. The Quantum Brilliance processor is unique among the many quantum processors now available because it uses an NV diamond-based technology and operates at room temperature. Additional information about this installation can be found in a news release posted on the Pawsey website here as well as a video available on YouTube here.

May 30, 2022 – News Brief
Pasqal Reaches Agreement to Provide Two 100 Qubit Quantum Simulators to the European HPCQS Project
HPCQS is a European consortium funded by the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (JU) to integrate two 100 qubit quantum simulators to two existing European Tier-0 supercomputers and provide cloud access to public and private European users. The HPCQS project is lasting four years, has a 12 million Euro ($12.9M USD) budget with 15 partners in six countries. Pasqal has been chosen to provide two of their 100 qubit, neutral atom base Fresnel quantum simulators at the Joliot –Curie of GENCI, operated at CEA/TGCC, and the JUWELS modular supercomputer at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC). The Fresnel processors will be used in a hybrid classica/quantum configuration with supercomputers to act as a quantum accelerator for specific workloads in optimization, quantum chemistry and machine learning. On-site installation of the Fresnel processors at the two sites is scheduled for the second half of 2013, but in the meantime HPCQS users will have cloud access to the machine located in Pasqal’s facilities. Additional information about this is available in a news release provided by Pasqal that can be accessed here.

May 29, 2022
PsiQuantum Sets Up a Qlimate Subsidiary to Use Quantum Computing for Combating Climate Change
In an announcement at the 2022 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, PsiQuantum announced it is setting up a new subsidiary called Qlimate devoted to using quantum computing to help solve the many computational problems associated with developing solutions for climate change. PsiQuantum is developing a large-scale error corrected quantum computer (see our in-depth description of their technical approach here) which they believe will be the world’s first utility-scale quantum computer. As part of this Qlimate announcement PsiQuantum has committed to provide substantial capacity on this machine for the Qlimate initiative. Click here for more.

May 28, 2022
Who’s News: Management Updates at D-Wave, ColdQuanta, and Zapata Computing
D-Wave and ColdQuanta have announced updates to their Board of Directors and Zapata has named a Chief Revenue Officer. Click here to find out more about these new appointments.

May 28, 2022 – News Brief
QuantWare and QuantrolOx Partner to Ease the Integration of the Control Software With the Hardware Device
QuantWare is a company that provides QPU chips to customers who want to build up their own quantum computer. QuantrolOx is a company that provides automated machine learning based control software to provide optimum control of qubits. The two companies have announced a partnership to integrate QuantrolOx’ software with QuantWare’s hardware to create an open architecture quantum computer solution for customers who want to build their own machine. QuantWare asserts that by working with themselves and their partners a customer can create a quantum computer on their own for 1/10th the cost of purchasing a complete system from one of the hardware vendors. Additional information about this partnership can be found in a news release posted on the QuantWare website here.

May 27, 2022
Quantum Catalyzer (Q-Cat) Launches with a Mission to Create and Nurture New Quantum Startups
Sometimes there are technologies that are brewing in an academic lab somewhere and the researchers are unaware that these technologies could be applied to real world problems for commercial benefit. What Quantum Catalyzer (Q-Cat) does is to search for these technologies and to create and support new startups that will commercialize the technology. Borrowing a term from the chemistry world, they see themselves as the “catalyst” that will find a quantum related technology, find the applications and users that need it, and mix the two together to create the new company that will bring the new solution to market. Click here for the rest of the article.

May 25, 2022 – New Brief
IBM Further Improves Their Quantum Volume to 512
IBM has achieved a Quantum Volume of 512 on their quantum processor codenamed Prague. This uses a circuit of 9 qubits that is 9 levels deep. IBM had previously announced in April that this Prague processor had achieved a Quantum Volume of 256 and they have further optimized it to achieve the higher number. The processor uses a new architecture that IBM calls Falcon R10 that will be the basis of some of the new chips, such as the future Heron processor, announced in their roadmap update earlier this month. The architecture provides higher gate fidelity and lower crosstalk. You can see additional information including detailed data on each of the qubits in the circuit in a Tweet posted by Jay Gambetta here.

May 25, 2022
Quantum Computing Inc. to Acquire Quantum Photonic Startup QPhoton
In another pairing between hardware and software companies, Quantum Computing Inc. (QCI) has reached an agreement to acquire quantum photonic startup QPhoton. QPhoton is a spinout of research by Dr. Yuping Huang from the Stevens Institute of Technology and will operate as a subsidiary of QCI. The two companies had previously announced a partnership in February to jointly sell and market quantum and phonic products and had indicated at that time that an acquisition may occur. Click here for more details about this transaction.

May 24, 2022
Quantinuum Introduces InQuanto, a Quantum Chemistry Software Platform
Quantinuum (formerly Cambridge Quantum) has been working on a quantum chemistry software package for several years aimed at helping computational chemists leverage the power of quantum computers to solve some of their difficult problems. The package was originally called EUMEN during the beta-testing process, but now it has been publicly released under the name InQuanto. The software contains higher level routines that provide a number of key algorithms for complex molecular and materials simulations. InQuanto runs on top of Quantinuum’s TKET software which leverages the hardware agnostic and powerful optimization capabilities already present in TKET. Click here for more details about Quantinuum’s new release of the InQuanto software package.

May 23, 2022
Qunnect Awarded $1.85 Million for Quantum Repeater Commercialization
Qunnect is developing the technology to create a quantum repeater and last year sold the first unit of one needed component called a Quantum Memory. To help continue their developments and commercialization, the U.S. Department of Energy just awarded Qunnect two SBIR grants totaling $1.85 million. These funds will support commercialization of the photon source and a second type of quantum memory. Click here for the full article.

May 22, 2022 – News Brief
Amazon Web Services Joins Q-NEXT
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has become a member of the Q-NEXT research consortium. Q-NEXT is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Quantum Information Science Research Center led by the Argonne National Laboratory. AWS joins 12 companies, 10 universities and three DOE in this research effort to accelerate progress in quantum information science. Q-NEXT activities will include creating two national foundries for quantum materials and devices, developing quantum networks, forming simulation and network testbeds, and help to train a quantum workforce. Q-NEXT is one of five of the DOE’s National Quantum Information Science Research Centers with each researching different areas of quantum technology. Additional information about AWS joining Q-NEXT can be found in a news release posted on the Argonne National Laboratory website here.

May 21, 2022 – News Brief
QuSecure Formally Launches Their Company and First Product, a Cybersecurity SaaS Platform Named QuProtect
QuSecure, a Silicon Valley company, a post-quantum cybersecurity company has launched its first product called QuProtect which they call a quantum orchestration platform to provide the first end-to-end solution to deliver quantum resistance against the threat of a quantum computer powerful enough to break the public key encryption algorithms in use today. The product will leverage the NIST approved post quantum cryptography algorithms which are expected to be announced any day now. However, it is also designed to provide easy installation and provide seamless upgrade for managed and non-managed endpoints and devices. The company was launched in 2019, is headquartered in Menlo Park, California and has over 50 employees. Additional information about the launch of the QuSecure company and the announcement of the QuProtect product is available in two different press releases that can be seen here and here.

May 20, 2022 – News Brief
NIST Awards SRI International $299,128 for Development of a Quantum Technology Manufacturing Roadmap
The funding will support a roadmap that identifies pre-competitive development and supply chain gaps to help maintain U.S. dominance in quantum-related fields to benefit multiple quantum technology application areas. The award was part of NIST’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Roadmap (MFGTech) Program which provided a total of seven awards in a variety of fields. Additional information about the award and NIST’s MFGTech program can be found in a news release here and a webpage for the MEGTech program here.

May 20, 2022 – News Brief
Boeing Pledges $5 Million to Support the UCLA Center for Quantum Science and Engineering
The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Quantum Science and Engineering (CQSE) is jointly operated by the UCLA College Division of Physical Sciences and the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. They research many different areas of quantum technology, many of which can have great relevance for the aerospace industry. The gift from Boeing follows two recent grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) which awarded $25 million to a consortium of several universities for the Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Present and Future Quantum Computation and also a five-year, $3 million traineeship grant to provide fellowships to twelve doctoral students per year. Additional information about this funding from Boeing is available in a news release posted on the UCLA website here.

May 19, 2022 – News Brief
Xanadu Introduces FlamingPy, a Python Library for Simulating Error Correction Codes
Major research is now going into developing fault tolerant quantum computers that can withstand the qubit errors inherent in quantum computing. It is a complex task to understand how a particular code might perform and Xanadu has developed the first simulator that can help. The FlamingPy software contains a variety of built-in error correction codes, decoders, and noise models and also allows you to add your own. Once these items have been selected, the software enables a user to simulate and debug the error-correction performance and provide estimates for the fault-tolerant error thresholds. The software also provides a variety of visualization tools to help a user verify the correctness of their implementation. Xanadu will continue to develop this software and will be adding additional noise models, codes, decoders, and backends in the future. More information about FlamingPy is available in a Twitter thread that you can read here and the FlamingPy documentation that can be accessed here.

May 18, 2022
Earnings Releases: IonQ, Rigetti, and Arqit
Three notable earnings releases were made in the past few days and it is interesting to review them and see the progress each has made in the past year. For IonQ and Rigetti the releases covered their fiscal Q1 2022 ending on March 31, 2022 and for Arqit it was for their fiscal first half 2022 covering the six month period ending on March 31, 2022.  Click here for our report on these three earnings releases.

May 17, 2022
Unitary Fund Introduces Metriq, a Repository for Quantum Benchmark Results
Understanding how various quantum computers are performing can be a quite complex task. Not only are there a multitude of different quantum benchmark suites that are proliferating, but it is not always easy to find the results of the tests and compare them against each other. Fortunately, the Unitary Fund has just created service called Metriq that allows users to post in a common place the results of their tests of many different benchmark tests. Click here for the rest of the story.

May 16, 2022
New VC Investments at Classiq, Universal Quantum, and Qunasys
Three new venture capital investments have been announced within the past few days. The first is an investment of an additional $3 million in Classiq from strategic investors HSBC, NTT, and Neva SGR. Quantum Exponential, a publicly held investment organization, has invested £450,000 ($551K USD) through an Advanced Subscription Agreement in Universal Quantum. Finally, Mitsubishi Electric’s ME Innovation Fund has announced an investment in Tokyo based QunaSys for an undisclosed amount. Click here for additional details about these investments.

May 15, 2022 – News Brief
Quix Delivers a 20 Mode Quantum Photonic Processing Chip for Use with Quantum Dot Light Sources to the European project PHOQUSING
We had reported earlier this year that Quix had developed a 12 mode photonic chip that was optimized for at the use near-infrared wavelength range (900-970 nm) compatible with quantum dot light sources. Quix has now developed a larger 20 mode version and delivered it to the European PHOQUSING research project. PHOQUSING is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program. It is coordinated by the Sapienza University of Rome and has a budget of about 3.3 million Euros ($3.44M USD). The project is working to develop useful quantum computation by using a hybrid computational model combine classical and quantum processes. The quantum portion leverages a photonic quantum sampling technique to draw samples from a probability distribution created with linear optical interferometers. More information about this is available in a news announcement available on the PHOQUISING website here.

May 14, 2022
Who’s News: Management Additions at Riverlane, ColdQuanta, QuantWare, Pasqal, Atlantic Quantum, and SandboxAQ
There have been a lot of recent hires at quantum companies in the past few weeks. We wish all of them the best of success as they take on their challenging and exciting new roles. Click here for the details.

May 13, 2022
Quantum-South Declares their Air Cargo Optimization Application Ready for Production
We had reported in February how Quantum-South had created a prototype quantum application that could optimize how air cargo should be loaded optimally into a freighter aircraft. It is a very complex problem for classical computers because one must take into account many differenttargets and constraints including revenue, priority, center of gravity, shear force and volume, and industry standard weight and balance restrictions. Quantum-South has developed a quantum application that runs on a D-Wave quantum annealer and has now declared their application ready for production use with popular Airbus A330-200F or Boeing 747-400 air freighters. Click here for our full article with additional details about this development.

May 13, 2022 – News Brief
Aegiq Closes Seed Round Bringing Total Funding to Almost £4 Million ($4.9M USD)
The additional funds that Aegiq received came from Black Quant and Quantum Exponential, as well as private angels. These new investors join previous investors Innovate UK, High-Tech Gründerfonds, and Deepbridge Capital. Aegiq is a spin-out of the University of Sheffield that is developing single-photon sources and integrated quantum optics platform for quantum computing and quantum networking applications. The company will be using the funds to grow its core R&D team. Additional information is available in a news release located on the Aegiq website here.

May 12, 2022
Classiq Creates a Coding Competition Designed to Challenger Entrants to Create the Most Optimum Circuits
Classiq has announced a coding competition with four different quantum programming problems designed to challenge programmers to create circuits that satisfy the problem using either the fewest gate levels or the fewest number of two qubit gates, depending upon the problem. The purpose is to show what can be accomplished with quantum computers that have a limited number of qubits or other constraints. Our article describing additional details about this contest can be here.

May 12, 2022
IonQ Announces Native Gate Access for Researchers, Issues a Rebuttal to Scorpion Capital, and Will Announce Q1 Financial Results on Monday
We have a trio of news items to report on IonQ. The first is an announcement that IonQ is making native gate access available to researchers and developers for both their previous generation 11 qubit and their more advanced Aria processor. IonQ’s founders have issued a response to the 183-page Scorpion Capital report that came out last week. This response is available in a blog posting available on the IonQ website here. And finally, we will get an indication of how IonQ is progressing when they announce their Q1 financial results on Monday, May 16th. Click here for our report on these three news items.

May 12, 2022
D-Wave Updates Its Constrained Quadratic Model (CQM) Hybrid Solver and Also Updates the Quantum Annealer at USC
D-Wave hasupgraded its Constrained Quadratic Model Hybrid Solver to handle continuous variables. Previously, this solver could only handle variables that were limited to an integer value. They have also upgraded the quantum annealer located at the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center (QCC) at the University of Southern California (USC) to the latest 5000 qubit D-Wave Advantage processor. This machine is the first D-Wave Advantage processor installed in the United States and will also be available for public use through the Amazon Braket cloud service. For here for more details on these announcements.

May 12, 2022
Two Collaborations with the Automotive Industry: BMW/Pasqal and Volkswagen/Terra Quantum
wo different collaborations between automotive and quantum companies were announced this week for projects that will work on different problems. The first was announced by Pasqal which will work with BMW to analyze the applicability of quantum computing technology to metal forming applications modeling. The second is between Terra Quantum and Volkswagen Data:Lab  which have published two joint research papers describing how hybrid quantum computing can be used in applications in optimization and machine learning. Click here to read our full article about these research efforts.

May 11, 2022
ColdQuanta Acquires Super.tech and Readies the Hilbert Processor for Public Access
In another merger between hardware and software companies, quantum technology provider ColdQuanta has acquired software company Super.tech and will establish a branch based in Chicago that will continue to develop quantum software. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. ColdQuanta has also started to make their 100 qubit Hilbert processor available. They have started working with their first beta customer who is running jobs on the machine and collecting data. Coldquanta plans on releasing a technical paper with some of the results of these tests in the coming months. Click here to read more about these developments at ColdQuanta.

May 10, 2022
IBM Extends Roadmap Up to 4,158 Qubits Using Multiprocessing and Advanced Software
IBM has extended its quantum processor roadmap and added four additional processors that will be introduced between 2023 and 2025. A key to these developments includes different types of multiprocessing resulting in a 4,158 qubit machine, codenamed Kookaburra, in 2025. Click here for the rest of the story.

May 6, 2022 – News Brief
PASQAL Starts to Make their Neutral Atom Processor Available via the Cloud
PASQAL Cloud Services is now in private beta hosted on OVHcloud, the leading European cloud provider. Their initial two customers include CA CIB, the Corporate and Investment Banking arm of Crédit Agricole Group and CINECA, an Italian inter-university consortium, which operates one of the world’s most important supercomputing centers. This will be the fully programmable neutral atom processor available to external users that we are aware of, but others are sure to follow later this year. Based upon previous reports, the PASQAL machine will have at least 100 qubits and will have programming support from Pulser, an open-source framework for providing pulse-level control over neutral atom based QPUs. The company also indicated that they will be making the processor more widely available to the public in Q4 2022 and previously announced that they will partner with Microsoft to provide access to the machine via Microsoft’s Azure Quantum service later this year. You can access Pasqal’s press release announcing the start of their private beta program here.

May 5, 2022
AWS Adds Embedded Simulators from Xanadu’s PennyLane Using NVIDIA’s cuQuantum
We reported last year on a new announcement from NVIDIA that they had developed a quantum simulation platform called cuQuantum which uses their GPUs to provide a significant improvement in simulation performance versus running them on standard microprocessors. Subsequently, Xanadu developed a GPU-accelerated simulator for PennyLane called lightning.gpu which uses cuQuantum and now Amazon Web Services (AWS) is supporting this combination in their Amazon Braket Hybrid Jobs module for supporting classical/quantum workloads. This will allow support for very high performance and error free simulations of hybrid algorithms such as variational quantum eigensolver (VQE), quantum approximate optimization algorithms (QAOA), or quantum machine learning (QML). Click here for the rest of the article.

May 4, 2022
QC Ware Collaborates with Itaú Unibanco to Improve Customer Retention Models
There are a lot of potential use cases for quantum computing in the banking industry that have been well publicized including Monte Carlo analysis, portfolio optimization, credit scoring, risk minimization, and many others. But QC Ware and Itaú Unibanco, a bank headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil and the largest in Latin America, announced a collaboration to help better model a new potential application for quantum: customer retention. Click here for more.

May 4, 2022
President Biden Signs Two Executive Orders for Quantum Technology
The first Executive Order, Executive Order on Enhancing the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee is to enhance the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Board to place it under direct authority of the White House. The second Executive Order, National Security Memorandum on Promoting United States Leadership in Quantum Computing While Mitigating Risks to Vulnerable Cryptographic Systems, provides an outline of the U.S. government’s plan to address the risks posed by quantum computers to America’s cybersecurity. For more about these two Executive Orders, click here to read our full article.

May 2, 2022 – News Brief
SandboxAQ and EY Partner to Bringing Quantum AI Solutions to EY Clients
Sandbox, a recent enterprise SaaS company spun off from Alphabet, will partner with EY (Ernst & Young LLP) to offer SandboxAQ’s practical AI and quantum technology solutions along with EY’s systems integration and implementation experience to provide solutions to enterprise businesses. SandboxAQ has application expertise in areas include quantum-resistant encryption platforms, simulation software to accelerate drug discovery, material science development and other high-performance computing tasks. The two organizations working together will allow each organization to leverage their particular areas of expertise and allow the combination to help enterprises address complex business challenges across all industries. This is the second quantum related partnership that EY has announced in the past week. A few days ago, they announced a partnership with BT and Toshiba to start commercial trials of a QKD network in London. You can access a news release from SandboxAQ announcing their partnership with EY here.

April 30, 2022 – News Brief
Fermilab Develops a New Generation of Quantum Control Electronics for Improved Size, Performance, and Cost
The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) has teamed with the University of Chicago to develop a new open-source design for control electronics for superconducting quantum processors called the Quantum Instrumentation Control Kit (QICK for short). A key differentiator of this design is that it leverages a new FPGA chip from Xilinx called the ZYNQ RFSoC which is highly integrated and includes high-speed DACs, ADCs, programmable FPGA logic, and a conventional microprocessor all in the same package. This new chip allows the control pulses to be synthesized directly at the microwave frequencies. Most other designs will create the control pulses at a lower intermediate frequency and then use a technique called upconversion to change the signal to operate at the microwave frequencies required by the qubits. Because the design uses the highly integrated Xilinx FPGA chip, it can eliminate the upconversion step and associated components. This makes the design faster, smaller, cheaper, and simplifies the calibration process. A low-cost version of the hardware is now available only for universities for educational purposes. Additional information about this QICK control electronics design is available in news release from Fermilab and also a technical paper published in the Review of Scientific Instruments.

April 30, 2022
Quantum QKD Networks Being Set Up in Chicago and London
There were two announcements this week of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) networks being built in the London and Chicago metropolitan areas. The first is a partnership between Toshiba and the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) to install a 38 mile (61 km) link from the University of Chicago to the Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago. The second announcement was made by BT (formerly British Telecom) and Toshiba announcing the launch of the first commercial trial of QKD services in London. The first customer will be EY (Ernst & Young) and will connect two of its London sites in Canary Wharf, and near London Bridge. Click here for more.

April 28, 2022 – News Brief
IQM Receives a €35 Million ($36.7M USD) Loan for Its Quantum Fabrication Facility
The loan was provided to IQM by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to expanding the fabrication facility that they announced last November and to accelerate material research and development of quantum processors. The facility, located in Espoo, Finland, will be Europe’s first quantum-dedicated fabrication and help reduce Europe’s dependency on chips fabricated in Asia. IQM received additional help from EIB Advisory Servicessupport prepare the financing application. IQM had won a contract in November 2020 to deliver a series of superconducting based quantum computers to VTT, a government owned research center in Finland and has already delivered the 5 qubit version. They are working on providing larger systems including a 54 qubit machine within the next couple of years. IQM is the largest quantum startup in Europe and has over 160 employees with offices in Paris, France, Bilbao, Spain, Munich, Germany, and Espoo, Finland. Additional information about this loan is available in a press release posted on IQM’s website here.

April 26, 2022 – News Brief
Aalto University Wins a €2.5 Million ($2.66M USD) Grant to Develop a New Type of Superconducting Qubit
The award was made by the European Research Council for a project named ConceptQ. It will cover a five year period to research a new superconducting quantum device concept utilizing increased anharmonicity, simple structure, and insensitivity to charge and flux noise. One problem with superconducting qubits is that they can sometimes end up in states other than |0> or |1>, These states are sometimes called Qutrits which could potentially be in a superpositions of three different states denoted as |0>, |1>, and |2>.  In current quantum processors, the |2> state is not desired and could cause a loss of qubit fidelity. Aalto’s new qubit design is meant to reduce or eliminate the occurrence of the |2> state which would remove a source of errors and help to increase the accuracy of the calculation. Another aspect of the project will be to develop low temperature cryoCMOS electronics that can be used to control qubits inside a dilution refrigerator. More information about this grant and the ConceptQ project is available in a news release posted available on the Aalto University website here.

April 25, 2022 – News Brief
Members of Netherland’s Delft Quantum Ecosystem Receive €550,000 ($594K USD) in Two R&D Grants
The first grant was for an amount of €350,000 and was provided by the Province of South Holland. It was given to a research collaboration consisting of collaboration between Orange Quantum Systems, Delft Circuits, and Leiden Cryogenics which are researching the practical application of quantum technology. The second grant was in the amount of €200,000 and was provided to the ImpaQT initiative by Metropolitan Region Rotterdam The Hague and the Province of South Holland. The ImpaQT initiative is working to provide a value chain consisting of componentsd and related services for organizations wishing to build their own quantum computer using components provides by the members of the ImpaQT initiative. Members of the ImpaQT consortium include QuantWareDemconQu&CoOrange Quantum SystemsQblox, and Delft Circuits. Additional information about these grants and the associated programs can be seen in a news release provided by Quantum Delft available here.

April 24, 2022 – News Brief
Synergy Quantum Has Closed a Pre-series A Funding Round
Synergy Quantum is a started based in Geneva, Switzerland that was formed in 2018 to pursue products in the Post Quantum Encryption (PQE) security area. The amount of the funding round was not disclosed and the only information about the investors were that they consisted of Swiss and international private investors. In their news release Synergy Quantum noted that they are gaining customer traction with three contracts including projects with a Swiss Private Bank for a client communication and data protection app, a research and design project of a post quantum encrypted secure chip with a major European Semiconductor company, and the development of quantum satellite communication with the quantum mission of the Government of India. The company will be using the funds to hire additional personnel and accelerate their marketing activities. Additional information is available in a news release that can be accessed here.

April 22, 2022 – News Brief
Who’s News: Management Updates at Quandela, Multiverse, and Rigetti
Quandela has hired Jean Senellart as Head of Software Engineering. He had previously held multiple positions at Systran which he originally joined in 1999. A Twitter posting announcing his appointment can be found here. Multiverse Computing has appointed Karina Robinson as Senior Advisor. Robinson is CEO of Robinson Hambro Ltd and a non-executive director on the board of Atlanti, an Anglo-Swiss fund management group based in Geneva. A news release announcing her appointment is available here. And Rigetti has announced the former COO Taryn Naidu has left the company and Eric Ostby has joined the company as Vice-President of Product. Ostby previously was with the Google quantum computing group where he was Senior Product Manager and product lead for quantum computing service and hardware development. The two announcements from Rigetti can be seen here and here.

April 21, 2022 – News Brief
Cambridge Quantum Opens a New Office in Germany
Cambridge Quantum, a subsidiary of Quantinuum, has opened a new office in Munich, Germany under the legal name of Cambridge Quantum Deutschland (CQD). The location already has a scientific team there that develops algorithms and software to design, simulate, and commercialize quantum materials. The team of scientists will be developing other applications for quantum computing in collaboration with industry, government and academic partners in areas including chemistry, optimization, finance, cybersecurity, quantum machine learning and natural language processing. Additional information can be found in a news release posted on the Quantinuum website here

April 20, 2022 – News Brief
ColdQuanta, Riverlane and University of Wisconsin–Madison Demonstrate Algorithms on a Programmable Neutral Atom Quantum Computer
Although development activities for programmable neutral atom quantum computers started later than developments in superconducting and ion trap quantum computers, some people see a lot of future potential in this technology due to its long coherence times, identical qubit characteristics, and potential for rapid scaling. But there previously didn’t seem to have been any technical papers published describing someone actually running a quantum algorithm on one of these processors. But now, a team consisting of researchers from ColdQuanta, Riverlane, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been able to implement three different algorithms including preparation of entangled Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger (GHZ) states, quantum phase estimation, and the Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm (QAOA) on a six-qubit processor named AQuA located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Although a six-qubit processor could not come close to outperforming a classical computer on this level of problems, the techniques developed can form the basis for much larger and more powerful quantum computers in the future that would be able to outperform classical computers and provide a quantum advantage. Indeed, ColdQuanta is preparing a much larger 100 qubit machine that they will offer for cloud access later this year and it will use learnings from the AQuA testbed. Addtional information about this demonstration of algorithms running on a neutral atom process can be found in a press release located here, a preprint paper posted on arXiv here, and a journal article published in Naturehere.

April 19, 2022
IonQ Collaborates with Hyundai on a Quantum Machine Learning Application for Image Classification and 3D Object Detection
IonQ’s latest project with Hyundai is to use their Aria quantum computer to help create a machine learning model for use in classifying 43 types of road signs that would be common in mobility situations. Although the training of the model would not occur in the automobile, once the model is created using it could be performed with an on-board classical computer that receives input from an on-board camera and determines if any of the road signs are present in the image. Click here for our full article discussing this project.

April 18, 2022
aQuantum Integrates Its QuantumPath Platform with Amazon Braket
aQuantum’s QuantumPath is a quantum software development and lifecycle application platform that provides for the creation, testing, deployment, and reuse of a quantum algorithm. It supports both classical and quantum workloads in a hardware agnostic manner and has now added Amazon Braket to the many other hardware platforms and quantum simulators that it already supports. Click here for more.

April 17, 2022 – News Brief
State of Massachusetts is Providing a $999 Thousand Grant to Two Universities for Quantum Research
The funds will be provided to the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) and Western New England University by The Innovation Institute at the MassTech Collective, an organization formed by the Massachusetts government to spur innovation in the state, as part of a matching grant program with a total budget of $1,999,774. The three-year project will also include collaborations with three commercial companies, Millimeter Wave Systems, LLC in Amherst, Cohasset’s Quantum Microwave, and JanisULT, located in Woburn. The funds will be used to install a 20 millikelvin dilution refrigerator for state-of-the-art quantum hardware validation and development at UMass Boston and 50 millikelvin refrigerator at Western New England University to develop cryogenic radio frequency (RF) microwave support hardware for use in prototype quantum computers. Additional details are available in a press release posted on the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s website here.

April 16, 2022 – News Brief
Quix Introduces a New Quantum Photonic Processing Chip Optimized for Use with Quantum Dot Light Sources
Quix Quantum has added to its photonic processing chip portfolio with a version that is optimized for use at the near-infrared wavelength range (900-970 nm) compatible with quantum dot light sources such as those made with InGaAs materials. Their previous products were optimized for operation in the telecom compatible wavelengths of 1530 to 1565 nm. The chip provides similar functionality to their previous chips and has 12 input modes with a fidelity specification of 98.6% with a mean optical loss of 3.4 db/mode. An advantage of quantum dot light sources is that they have the potential of being integrated on-chip using micropillars or photonic crystals providing a potentially more scalable solution. More information about this new chip can be found in a news release posted on the Quix website here and an arXiv preprint that provides additional technical data here.

April 16, 2022 – News Brief
Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) in Qatar Receives a $10 Million Grant for Quantum Research
The grant was received from Barzan Holdings, Qatar’s leading industrial defense provider, and will be used to establish the Qatar Center for Quantum Computing (QC2) at HBKU. The center will conduct research in such areas as quantum computing, quantum cryptography and quantum artificial intelligence (AI). For more, you can view a news release from HBKU that can be found here.

April 16, 2022 – News Brief
QpiAI and QuantrolOx Sign MOU to Develop a 25 Qubit Quantum Computer Testbed
The two companies will work together to develop this processor and plan on offering it in the European and Indian markets. QpiAI is providing the hardware and software applications software platforms and QuantrolOx will provide the automated tuning and characterization software. QuantrolOx has offices in Oxford, England and Espoo, Finland and QpiAI, which currently has offices in Milpitas, California and Bengaluru, India, is planning on opening a new office in Finland. The 25 qubit processor will be based upon superconducting technology, but the QpiAI plans on eventually developing a 2048 qubit machine using CMOS based spin qubits. Additional information about this effort can be found in a news release that can be seen here.

April 15, 2022 – News Brief
QC Ware Wins $1.5 Million Award from Bpifrance to Develop Quantum Software APIs for Deep Learning and Finance
The award will help QC Ware expand a quantum software ecosystem in Europe and develop two new APIs for deep learning and finance that will be integrated into QC Ware’s Forge Software as a Service. QC Ware plans on using the funds to hire 10 new software employees in its Paris office within the next three years. This is the second award that QC Ware has won from Bpifrance. In April 2020, QC Ware received an award as part of the BPIFrance’s Concours d’Innovation i-Nov competition. Bpifrance (BPI is the acronym of Banque Publique d’Investissement) is a French government agency previously known as EPIC OSEO which has a mission to favor the growth of the French economy by helping entrepreneurs thrive. You can find QC Ware’s news release announcing this new award here.

April 15, 2022
Quantum Cryptocurrency Simulation Project—What it Shows
Multiverse Computing completed a proof-of-concept project with the Bank of Canada using quantum computing to simulate cryptocurrency as a method of payment by non-financial firms. The effort involved simulating the dynamic formation of networks. Depending on the state of the network, firms may want to form/break new connections–in this case, channels of crypto payments. They then looked to find stable states of the network, where no players can form or break any more connections or stable cycles where the network state oscillates between a closed set of states. Click here for the rest of the article.

April 14, 2022
Q-CTRL Unveils Black Opal Pro and a Two-for-One Offer for World Quantum Day
Celebrating World Quantum Day, Q-CTRL announced Black Opal Pro, an expanded version of its popular Black Opal interactive quantum computing learning program for beginners. In honor of World Quantum Day, they are also offering two Black Opal Pro annual subscriptions for the price of one from April 14-20, 2022. More details are available here.

April 14, 2022
PsiQuantum Partners with Mercedes-Benz to Research Battery Chemistry Simulation on a Fault Tolerant Quantum Processor
There are many groups working on ways of simulating battery chemistry on a quantum computer. It is a difficult problem but one that could have a high payoff as the world converts to electric vehicles and demands more improvements in the batteries capacity to extend the range and reduce the size and weight. Although many of the other groups are trying to see if this can be done with NISQ level computers, PsiQuantum teamed up with Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America to analyze what could be done on a future error-corrected machine. Click here for more.

April 14, 2022 – News Brief
Quantinuum Increases Their Quantum Volume to 4096
In December, we reported on Quantinuum announcement that they had reached a Quantum Volume metric of 2048 with a new processor they called H1-2. The H1-2 had 12 operational qubits available, but a Quantum Volume of 2048 meant they had successful passed the test specified by IBM with an 11×11 circuit, (Eleven qubits with eleven gate levels in the circuit). Quantinuum has continued to tweak the performance of the H1-2 and has made additional improvements in this processor and they have successful completed the test using a 12×12 circuit for a Quantum Volume of 4096. The company has been able to consistently double their performance on this metric over the past few years and will no doubt work to double it once again in the future. But the challenge for the next step is they will need to do it with a different chip because they have maxed out on the number of available qubits on the H1-2. We expect they are working on an H2 processor with an increased number of raw qubits in their labs and expect that when they announce a Quantum Volume of 8192, it will be with this new design. You can view Quantinuum’s announcement with some additional technical details in a press release posted on their website here.

April 14, 2022 – News Brief
European Project Artemis Launches to Explore Using Neural Networks for Quantum Error Correction and Optimal Control
Participants in the three-year project include Quantum MachinesAlice&Bob, and research groups from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light. The goal of the project will be to find ways to leverage neural networks to help identify new strategies for quantum control. The project will have several stages. The first stage will use neural networks to determine the appropriate control pulses for creating and manipulating specific qubit states. Following stages will use neural networks to find the best quantum error correction protocols to prepare, measure and act on multiple qubits. This project will leverage the capabilities of Quantum Machine’s pulse processor and programming language which have been optimized for very low latency within the coherence time of the qubits. This is an important requirement for use with error correction algorithms. In addition, the approaches developed during this project will be made available to end users who may want to optimize the use of the neural network routines for their particular application. This neural network routines should also prove to be important for Alice&Bob because they are pursuing development of error corrected machines using a hardware approach called cat qubits. They are planning on delivering their first commercial quantum computer in 2023. You can read more about this project in an announcement provided by Quantum Machines that can be accessed here.

April 13, 2022
IBM Adds Pay-As-You-Go Pricing Model and Expands Qiskit Runtime
IBM has introduced a new Pay-As-You-Go pricing model to provide access to sophisticated users with access their higher performance quantum processors without requiring an expensive contractual committment. They have also expanded their Qiskit Runtime environment by adding to new primitives called Sampler and Estimator that that help simplify the use of the system and allow for managed performance. Click here for our full article about these announcements.

April 12, 2022 – News Brief
The U.S. and Sweden Agree to Cooperate on Quantum Technology
The U.S. and Sweden has also signed a signed a Joint Statement on Cooperation in Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST). Just a few days earlier, the U.S. had signed a similar agreement with Finland. The Joint Statement advances the shared agendas of both countries to engage in good-faith cooperation in QIST for building a global market and supply chain, and to create respectful and inclusive scientific research communities. In 2018, Sweden established the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology with several universities and industrial partners and is investing 1 billion Swedish Krona ($105M USD) to support advanced research in quantum computing, simulation, communication, and sensing. A news release announcing this signing can be accessed on the U.S. government’s Quantum.gov website here.

April 11, 2022 – News Brief
Intel to Provide a Test Bed Quantum Processor to Argonne National Laboratory
The machine will be installed later this year at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory which hosts Q-NEXT, a DOE National Quantum Information Science Research Center. The Q-NEXT scientists and will use it to test out quantum programs and provide feedback to Intel about the overall operation. Intel has been working on quantum processors using a spin qubit technology built with their advanced manufacturing facility on 300 mm wafers. They presented 14 papers at last month’s APS conference on several aspects of their quantum research including papers on the hardware, software, error correction, and development of a first-of-a-kind cryogenic wafer prober. Although specifics of the machine they intend on installing at Argonne have not been released, we believe it will have a relatively small number of qubits for testing and validating the basic technology. However, Intel’s long-term goal is to leverage their precision manufacturing capabilities to create large fault tolerant machines for use in production applications. Additional information about Intel’s collaboration with Argonne is available in a news release posted on the Argonne website here.

April 10, 2022 – News Brief
The U.S. and Finland Agree to Cooperate on Quantum Technology
The United States and Finland have signed a Joint Statement on Cooperation in Quantum Information Science and Technology which will promote cooperation in several areas important for the advancement of quantum information science and technology. These activities include maintaining inclusive scientific research communities, cooperating in workshops and conferences, encouraging a broad and inclusive quantum ecosystem, building a trusted global market and supply chain, supporting the development of the next generation of scientists and engineers, and other areas. A press release announcing the signing of the statement can be found here and the statement itself can be accessed here.

April 8, 2022
IBM Improves Their Quantum Volume Performance from 128 to 256
IBM has announced another improvement in their Quantum Volume performance metric to 256 with a new processor they named Prague. The previous leader was a processor named Montreal which had a Quantum Volume measure of 128. Click here for our article that describes this improvement in more detail.

April 7, 2022
Quantum Brilliance Partners with La Trobe University and RMIT University to Research Diamond Quantum Materials
The three organizations have created a Research Hub for Diamond Quantum Materials to focus on atom-scale fabrication techniques for nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond. Quantum Brilliance is developing quantum processors using what is called an NV diamond technology that involves implanting nitrogen ions into a crystalline diamond structure to create NV centers that form qubits based upon an electron’s spin. Click here for the full article.

April 7, 2022 – News Brief
U.S. Government to Provide $25 Million to a GlobalFoundries/PsiQuantum Partnership
The funding will be provided by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) through the Air Force Research (AFRL) Laboratory located in Rome, New York. This lab has been designated as the Quantum Information Science Research Center for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. The funds will be used to accelerate additional investments in new capabilities at GlobalFoundries that are required to develop and build components for PsiQuantum’s photonic quantum computer. The companies expect that most of the funds will be provided in this fiscal year, but the final timeline will be based upon achieving certain milestones. PsiQuantum will also partner with AFRL to advance quantum computing capabilities. To our knowledge, this will be the first partnership that PsiQuantum has had with a U.S. government organization. The Quantum Computing Report recently published an article on A Closer Look at PsiQuantum that can provide more information on PsiQuantum’s overall approach and technology. Additional information about this funding and other quantum funding for the AFRL Rome Lab can be found in a news release provided by the office of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer that can be found here.

April 6, 2022 – News Brief
Pasqal Collaborates with Siemens to Research Quantum Enhanced Computer Aided Design and Testing
Pasqal has developed proprietary quantum methods that can accelerate the solution of complex nonlinear differential equations which are often used in creating a digital twin model of various systems in the automotive, electronics, energy and aerospace sectors. Creating a virtual digital twin prototype can save significant amounts of time and cost over constructing a physical prototype to understand how a new design will perform. In particular, Pasqal asserts that that their digital-analog implementation using their neutral-atom processor can be 30 times more efficient for solving these types of problems than using a superconducting quantum processor and have a near-term potential for achieving quantum advantage over classical computing based solutions. This project will be fully funded by Siemens, last for 3.5 years, and include academic partners at Exeter University. Additional information about this collaboration is available in a news release located on the Pasqal website which can be seen here.

April 5, 2022 – News Brief
Good Chemistry Company Spins Out of 1Qbit and Receives Seed Funding
The Quantum Simulation Division of 1Qbit has spun out and has formed its own independent company called Good Chemistry Company which focusses on utilizing quantum computing for computational chemistry. The key product is called QEMIST Cloud which provides computational chemistry as a service and has been under development for the past three years. The company also announced that it has been collaborating with Dow, Amazon Web Services (AWS), DIC Corporation, and Microsoft with this product. The company also announced receiving seed funding from Green Sands Equity, Accenture, and WorldQuant Ventures. For more information about this company and the seed funding, you can access a news release issued by Good Chemistry here and a second one issued by Accenture here.

April 3, 2022
Who’s News: Management Additions to the Quantum Teams at ColdQuanta, Rigetti, Multiverse, and IonQ
In a sign that the industry is continuing to grow rapidly, several companies have announced additions to their management teams to fill out key positions. Click here to read about the newest hires at ColdQuanta, Rigetti, Multiverse Computing, and IonQ.

April 2, 2022 – News Brief
U.S. DoD Awards $7.5 Million to a Six University Team to Study Majorana Based Qubits
The award was made by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) to a team of six universities led by Professor Javad Shabani of New York University (NYU) and including colleagues from Yale University, the University at Buffalo, the University of Maryland, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The topic’s name is Novel Routes to Majorana Qubits for Topologically-Protected Quantum Information. In theory, Majorana based topological qubits could have superior noise resistance and much lower error rates than other types of qubits. We reported last month about progress made by Microsoft in creating and sustaining a quantum phase with Majorana zero modes and a measurable topological gap. Additional information about this award can be seen in a press release issued by NYU here and also a listing from the DoD’s MURI that includes this program as one of 28 basic research awards they made to academic institutions for Fiscal 2022.

April 2, 2022
DARPA Awards Contracts for the Quantum Benchmarking Program
In April 2021, we reported that the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) had announced funding opportunities were available for a Quantum Benchmarking program and was soliciting proposals for it. The program has goals to create new benchmarks that quantitatively measure progress towards specific computational challenges and also attempt to define the computer hardware necessary to measure benchmark performance. It has now announced that it is awarded contracts to Raytheon BBNUniversity of Southern California (USC), and a team of five organizations including Aalto University, IonQ, University of Technology Sydney, University of Texas at Dallas, and Zapata Computing. The Raytheon BBN contract was for $2.9 million, the USC contract was for $4.1 million, and the amount for the five member team has not yet been announced. Additional information about the Raytheon BBN and USC awards is available here and a news release from Zapata about their participation in the award can be found here.

March 31, 2022 – News Brief
Terra Quantum Extends Their Series A Round Funding to $75 Million
We had reported in January that Terra Quantum had raised a Series A venture funding of $60 Million. They have now reported that the funding was extended and an additional $15 million was added to this round bringing the total to $75 million. The funds will be used to strengthen Terra Quantum’s offering around data cryptography and cybersecurity. The company also announced the development of a ferroelectric field-effect transistor with negative capacitance. Although it is not clear if this development would be applicable for a quantum computer, the company indicates it could have an impact in diagnostic imaging in the health care field because it would enable medical diagnostics using terahertz photons that may be less invasive than higher energy photons such as x-rays and UV rays. You can access Terra Quantum’s announcement about the increased Series A funding and the new technical development here.

March 31, 2022 – News Brief
Q-CTRL and the Paul Sherrer Institute Partner on Software Tools for Large-Scale Quantum Computing
Q-CTRL is an Australian based company that provides software tools for system characterization and hardware optimization of quantum devices using advanced artificial intelligence and automation techniques. Their software works in the domain of control engineering to optimize the pulses that control qubit operations. The Paul Sherrer Institute (PSI) is a Swiss research institution that has partnered with ETH Zurich to form the ETHZ-PSI Quantum Computing Hub. The hub was formed in May 2021 is currently working on investigating quantum processors based on ion trap and superconducting technologies. The goal of this partnership will be for PSI to utilize the Q-CTRL tools for the development and operation of a large scale, error corrected quantum computer. This is needed because as the number of qubits continues to increase, it becomes essential to have automated tools available to efficiently tune-up and calibrate a quantum processor in day-to-day operations. Additional information is available in a news release located on the Q-CTRL website here.

March 30, 2022 – News Brief
Quantum Machines Is Acquiring QDevil
Quantum Machines, a company located in Tel Aviv, Israel that provides control electronics for quantum processors, has announced it will be acquiring QDevil, a company based in Copenhagen, Denmark that develops and manufactures auxiliary electronics and specialized components for quantum processors. QDevil’s products include ultra-stable voltage sources, sample holders, filters, and breakout boxes and they will serve as the Quantum Machine’s Auxiliary Electronics Division. This combination provides synergy for the companies because many of QDevil’s products are complementary to those offered by Quantum Machines and can be sold to the same customer base. It also provides Quantum Machines with a base in Europe that will be a benefit in recruiting talent, and they plan to leverage that by expanding their teams in Copenhagen. The terms of the deal were not announced, and the acquisition is still pending regulatory approval from the Danish government. Quantum Machines announcement of this acquisition can be found here.

March 29, 2022
Quantinuum Releases an Update to Its λambeq Quantum Natural Language Software Tool
We reported last October on a new software product from Quantinuum’s Cambridge Quantum software team called λambeq (pronounced “Lambek”), the world’s first quantum natural language program capability of converting sentences into quantum circuits. This update will make the software more flexible for users by providing a new command line interface and a new neural-based CCG (Combinatory Categorial Grammar) parser named Bobcat, and improvements in the routines that provide a visualization of λambeq’s output as well as expanded documentation. Click here for the rest of the article.

March 28, 2022 – News Brief
Qunasys Raises $10 Million in Series B Funding
Qunasys is a Tokyo based quantum software company that specializes in providing software for computational chemistry calculations on a quantum computer. Last year, they launched a cloud-accessible quantum computing development platform called Qamuy, a quantum chemistry software service that runs on the cloud and performs calculations on both simulators and real quantum device. The funding round was led by led by JIC Venture Growth Investments (“VGI”), with additional participation from ANRI, Fujitsu Ventures Fund LLC, Global Brain, HPC Systems Inc., JST SUCCESS Program, MUFJ Capital, Shinsei Corporate Investment Limited, and Zeon Corporation. In addition, they also announced business alliances with Zeon Corporation, Fujitsu Limited, and HPC Sytems Inc. Part of the new funding will be to expand their business outside of Japan and open up a base in Europe. You can view Qunasys’ announcement of its new fundraising in a press release located here.

March 28, 2022
IonQ Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Results
IonQ announced its fourth quarter and full year 2021 financial results with significant increases from earlier periods and also significant increases from their own earlier forecasts. Fourth quarter 2021 revenue was $1.6 million compared to a third quarter revenue of $234 thousand with full year revenue at $2.1 million. IonQ also reported contracts bookings in 2021 at $16.7 million compared with the previous 2021 estimate of $15 million they made in November. Ionq’s EBITDA (Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization) loss was $28.3 million with a total net loss of $106.2 million. The net loss was dominated by a Change in Fair value of Warrant Liabilities of $63.3 million and Offering Costs Associated with Warrants of $4.3 million. These are non-cash expenses and are expected to be non-recurring. R&D expenditures in 2021 roughly doubled in 2021 at $20.2 million from the previous amount of $10.2 million in 2020. Click here for the rest of the article.

March 27, 2022
Riverlane-Led Consortium Receives £6.8 Million ($9M USD) For Attacking Error Correction Via Auto-Calibrated ‘Deltaflow Control’ System
A UK consortium led by Riverlane, is building an auto-calibrated quantum system to meet the challenges of controlling hundreds of qubits simultaneously across a variety of quantum hardware. In current noisy intermediate-scale quantum (NISQ) devices, controllable hardware qubits cannot exist with error-free precision. Calibration is inefficient, costly and time consuming, representing a major bottleneck. Without auto-calibration, error correction cannot be scaled. Consortium members are joining to build ‘Deltaflow Control’. Funded by Innovate UK, the £6.8M project (approximately $9M USD), will apply machine learning to identify fast, automated, and scalable ways to implement calibration, maximize hardware performance and accelerate the UK quantum industry. Click here for more.

March 26, 2022 – News Brief
Israel’s Weizmann Institute Builds a 5 Qubit Ion Trap Processor
The processor is Israel’s first quantum processor and is codenamed WEIZQC as a tribute to Israel’s first classical processor, WEIZAC, which was built with vacuum tubes in 1955. WEIZQC consists of a chain of Strontium ions in a linear trap and is the first step in a program to build a 64 qubit processor within the next one to two years. An interesting feature for us is that this processor already supports a mid-circuit measurement capability that can be used in error correction algorithms and other circuits designed to leverage this capability which is currently only supported by Quantinuum, IBM. A few key technical parameters of this device include a 97.3% two qubit gate fidelity, 200 microsecond gate time, and 2 millisecond coherence time. The ratio between coherence time and gate time is a little low, so additional work will be needed in order to improve these qubit quality measures along with increasing the numbers of qubits for the design to be competitive. Additional information about this effort can be seen in an article published on Israel’s Haaretz website and a technical paper published by the Weizmann team at PRX Quantum.

March 25, 2022 – News Brief
CEA and C12 Partner to Build Spin Qubit Chip Based Upon Carbon Nanotubes
CEA is a research institute based in Grenoble, France that is one of the world’s largest organizations for applied research in microelectronics, nanotechnology and other advanced technologies. C12 is a Paris, France startup that is developing quantum processor chips using spin qubits in a carbon nanotube. The two organizations are joining forces to create multi-qubit chips at a wafer scale. They are using a two-step process to build the chip. First, CEA builds the underlying gate electrodes and resonators using its 200 mm CMOS fabrication line and then C12 deposits the nanotubes based upon the C-12 isotope of carbon using a chemical vapor deposition process on top of the wafer. C12 asserts that by utilizing ultra-pure carbon nanotubes, their technology can eliminate nuclear spin noise and provide long coherence times while providing high qubit connectivity and easy scalability. (C12 provides a good explanation of how their technology works on their web site here.) The companies will continue to work together and expect to have a final full prototype in 2024. Additional information can be seen in a press release provided by CEA that can be accessed here.

March 24, 2022 – News Brief
NEC Developing a Quantum Annealer Using an LHZ Scheme from ParityQC
NEC has the goal of developing a quantum annealing processor by 2023 and will use an architecture called LHZ (named after the inventors Lechner, Hauke and Zoller) provided by PartiyQC that will provide for a fully-connected architecture using superconducting parametron qubits. The LHZ unit cell has four qubits and a central coupling circuit which connects them together. This pattern can be replicated with multiple tiles as shown in the diagram above to connect together a larger number of cells. NEC will be using a 3D manufacturing process for building the device and connect it to external devices. NEC has created small structures using the LHZ cell and the 3D manufacturing process and is now working to scale these up to achieve a larger machine. NEC’s work to develop a quantum annealing machine has been funded by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), a Japanese government agency, as part of a Project for Innovative AI Chip and Next-Generation Computing Technology Development. Additional information about NEC’s progress in this project can be seen in a news release available on their web site here.

March 22, 2022
NVIDIA Announces Additional Tools for Quantum Computing Development
NVIDIA has just announced three new quantum computing developments at its recent GTC GPU Developers Conference. These include general availability of its cuQuantum SDK, a DGX Quantum Appliance, and a new quantum compiler called nvq++ based upon the QIR intermediate representation langugage. Click here for the full article.

March 22, 2022
SandboxAQ Spun Off as an Independent Enterprise SaaS Company from Alphabet Inc.
The team at SandboxAQ was originally formed as an independent research group within Alphabet Inc. (parent company of Google). They have been focusing on developing solutions in both the AI and Quantum domains in such areas as cybersecurity, machine learning, and other advanced areas with a 55 person team that has expertise in such diverse areas as physics, chemistry, AI, neuroscience, cryptography, mathematics and other disciplines. Click here for the rest of the article.

March 21, 2022
Microsoft Will Be Adding Pasqal’s Neutral Atom and IonQ’s Ion Trap Aria Processors to their Azure Quantum Service
In two separate announcements, Pasqal and IonQ announced that they will add their latest processors to Microsoft’s Azure Quantum service. Pasqal indicated that they would make their neutral atom based processor available on Azure Quantum in the second half of 2022. In another announcement, IonQ announced that they will make available their latest generation of processor, named Aria, to Azure Quantum customers soon. Our full article reporting on these announcement is available here.

March 20, 2022 – News Brief
Penn State Professor Wins $715,000 in Grants from the NSF
Professor Swaroop Ghosh of the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has won grants for two separate projects from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $715,000. The first project will last for three years with funding of $500,000. It will study potential security breaches that could occur in quantum circuits with multi-tenant computing. This is an architecture which would allow multiple users to perform operations while sharing the same hardware. His group will look to develop defenses at both the circuit and system level that can potentially prevent these and other types of security problems. The second project will last for two years with funding of $215,000. The funds will be used to create a hands-on, quantum computing postsecondary curriculum. The curriculum will include hands-on activities that will allow students to create quantum programs, simulate them, and run them on real cloud-based quantum hardware. Additional information about these grants is available in a news release provided by Penn State that can be accessed here.

March 19, 2022
S-4 Registration Statement for D-Wave and DPCM Capital Business Combination Filed
An S-4 registration statement is required to be filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for any merger between two companies. It provides a preliminary proxy statement and prospectus in connection with the transaction ahead of shareholder votes to approve the merger. DPCM Capital, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC), has filed this statement for its proposed merger with D-Wave Systems. Click here to read our full article describing this.

March 16, 2022 – News Brief
Chicago Quantum Exchange Adds Four New Corporate Partners
The new corporate partners are ASM International (ASM)Atom ComputingEeroQ, and Quantinuum bringing the total number of companies that are partnering with the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) to over 30. Corporate partners will with CQE scientists and students to perform research on advanced quantum technologies and provide training and career opportunities for students that work represent the quantum workforce of the future. ASM is one of the world’s larger providers of semiconductor processing equipment. Atom Computing and Eeroq are quantum hardware startups developing new types of quantum processors. And Quantinuum was recently formed as a merger between the former Honeywell Quantum Systems division and quantum software startup Cambridge Quantum. Quantinuum develops both quantum hardware and the quantum software. For more information about these new partnerships, you can access the news release posted on the CQE website here.

March 15, 2022
Cloud Security Alliance Creates a Countdown to Y2Q Clock
Most people are aware that at some point in the future, someone will create a very powerful quantum computer that will be big enough to run Shor’s algorithm and break the RSA public key encryption by factoring a large semi-prime number. Although this is not expected in the near future because it may take something like a 20 million qubit processor to do it, it is likely to happen within the next decade or two. This will require a complete revamping of our current internet encryption infrastructure to replace legacy public key algorithms like RSA with newer techniques using either software-based Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC) or physics-based Quantum Key Distribution (QKD). The concern is that this effort will require either upgrading or replacing tens of billions of devices and such an effort will also take a decade or two to complete. So that message is that the IT community should start now on this project or start risking that their communications will be compromised in the future. In order to emphasize the problem, the Quantum-safe Security Working Group of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has set a Y2Q (Years to Quantum) countdown clock to emphasize to people that they have a limited amount of time to do this conversion. They have arbitrarily set the date of April 14, 2030 as the deadline on when this process needs to be completed. Click here for the rest of the article.

March 14, 2022
Colorado Startup Maybell Introduces a New Dilution Refrigerator
Colorado startup Maybell (the company was named after the coldest town in the state of Colorado) has introduced their first product, called the Maybell Icebox. They say it has been thoughtfully designed from the ground-up for use in a quantum computer. The company indicates the unit will support three times the number of qubits in one-tenth the physical space. It takes the space of two 19-inch server racks and has several other features that Maybell believes will be welcomed by quantum hardware engineers and researchers. Click here for more.

March 13, 2022 – News Brief
German Consortium to Receive €50 Million ($54.5M USD) for Funding to Build a Made in Germany Photonic Quantum Computer
The project, named PhoQuant, will be led by Q.ant, a wholly owned subsidiary of TRUMPF, and will include collaborators from 13 other German organizations including Paderborn University (UPB), University of Münster, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, University of Jena, Ulm University, HQS Quantum Simulations GmbH, Humboldt University of Berlin, Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems, Swabian Instruments GmbH, TEM Messtechnik GmbH, ficonTEC Service GmbH, FU Berlin, and Menlo Systems GmbH. The program will continue for five years and about 42 million euros of the funds will come from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), with the remainder being funded by the consortium partners. A key goal of the project is to build a made in Germany quantum computer and then making it available worldwide via cloud services. Additional information about this PhoQuant project is available in a blog article posted on the Q.ant site that can be accessed here.

March 13, 2022 – News Brief
Denmark to Provide €3 Million ($3.2M USD) to Fund a New Photonic Quantum Computer Development
The Innovation Fund Denmark will be supporting this Danish consortium over this four-year program called PhotoQ. Members of this consortium and their contributions will include development of photonic quantum computer hardware via the Technical University of Denmark, technology from NKT Photonics,  quantum algorithmic expertise from Aarhus University and Kvantify, quantum chemistry expertise from Molecular Quantum Solutions, and logistics optimization expertise from AMCS Group. As part of the project they will not only develop a quantum computer but explore potential applications where it can offer the greatest possible technological improvements. Additional information about this project is available in a blog post on the NKT Photonics website here and also at the Innovation Fund Denmark website (in Danish).

March 10, 2022 – News Brief
German Government Allocates €76.3 Million ($83.9M USD) for QSOLID Program to Create a Superconducting Quantum Processor for the  Forschungszentrum Jülich’s Supercomputing Infrastructure
The QSOLID program will last for four years and will be led by Forschungszentrum Jülich. The goal will be to develop a superconducting processor with very high quality qubits and integrate it into Forschungszentrum Jülich’s supercomputing infrastructure. The project plans to create and operate at least three different quantum chips in parallel: a “moonshot” system with computing power exceeding that of conventional supercomputers, an application-specific system designed to perform quantum calculations for industry, and a benchmarking platform that prioritizes the development of digital twins and industry standards. The consortium working on this project includes 25 organizations including Forschungszentrum Jülich, Qruise, Fraunhofer, KIT, IPHT, ParityQC, HQS, Rosenberger, Ulm University, PTB, University of Stuttgart, Freie Universität Berlin, IQM, University of Konstanz, University of Cologne, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Supra, ParTec, RI, AdMOS, LPKF, Atotech, Atos, GF, CiS, and ZI. The project has a goal of placing the first demonstrator into operation by mid-2024. The project will be 89.8% funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) which has recently been funding several different quantum projects in Germany. For more details about the QSOLID project, you can view a press release available here.

March 10, 2022 – News Brief
Fraunhofer IAF to Lead a €18.1 Million ($20M USD) “SPINNING” Project to Develop a Diamond Spin-photon Based Quantum Processor Made in Germany
The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF will be leading a consortium of 28 organizations including, besides Fraunhofer, six universities, two non-profit research institutions, five industrial companies (SMEs and spin-offs), and fourteen associated partners (ten of them are companies). The project will be 89.8% funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It will last for three years and will initially target 10 qubits with an expansion to 100 qubits or more as the project continues. The technology will employ spin qubits in synthetic diamond created by implanting nitrogen atoms (NV centers) in a diamond lattice. The expected benefits of this approach include high qubit connectivities with low cooling requirements. To learn more about the SPINNING project, you can view a press release issued by Fraunhofer announcing the program, another press release issued by Quantum Brilliance, one of the consortium partners, and a web page with a project profile of the SPINNING project.

March 10, 2022
QuantWare Releases an Off-the-Shelf 25 Qubit Superconducting Processor Chip
For those who want to build their own superconducting quantum computer, Dutch startup Quantware is now offering an off-the-shelf 25 qubits superconducting processor chip with a 30 day delivery time after receipt of order. Contralto is a follow-on to a previous 5 qubit product called Soprano which the company indicates has been installed in labs on four different continents. To be sure, a superconducting chip is not the same as a full quantum computer. Users will need to add a classical computer, control electronics, dilution refrigerator, cabling systems, and mechanical packaging. But all of those pieces are available from other vendors so a user can construct their own quantum machine from all the components. For additional information about Quantware’s announcement of this chip, click here.

March 10, 2022 – News Brief
Rigetti Computing Reports FY 2021 Results
Rigetti Computing reported fiscal year 2021 revenues of $8.2 million compared to $5.5 million in fiscal year 2020, a 48% rate of growth. The direct comparison gets a little complicated because Rigetti changed its fiscal calendar to conclude on December 31. So, the report for FY 2021 represented an 11 month year ending on December 31, 2021 while FY 2020 represented a full 12 month year that ended on January 31, 2021. The adjust EBITDA came in at a loss of $27.4 million which was about the same level as FY 2020. The company held $11.7 million in cash as of December 31, 2021 and announced that they received net proceeds of approximately $205.0 million as a result of their recent business combination with Supernova Partners Acquisition Company II, Ltd. A press release with additional financial details and a summary of recent technical, business, and operational developments can be accessed here.

March 10, 2022 – News Brief
Ki3 Photonics and Quantum Bridge Technologies Receive $450,000 Grant from the U.S. Air Force to Study Large Quantum States for Quantum Photonics Infrastructures
The two Canadian companies, Ki3 Photonics and Quantum Bridge Technologies, received the grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to develop and methodologically study new techniques for the generation of large cluster states. A goal of this project will include finding ways of reducing resource requirements for the generation of cluster states when using various sources, identify the advantages and limitations of different approaches, and identify avenues to robust entanglement distribution in realistic environments. generation, control, and distribution of entangled particles is a key element in both quantum computing and quantum communications. So, a better understanding of how large cluster states can be created and manipulated can help enable applications like scalable measurement-based quantum computers, quantum repeaters, or even large networks of sensors based on quantum phenomena. Additional information is available in a news release on the Ki3 website here.

March 10, 2022 – News Brief
Alice & Bob Raise €27 Million ($29.7M USD) in Series A Funding
The funding was led by Elaia, BpiFrance Digital Venture Fund and Supernova Invest with additional participation from Breega. Alice & Bob is a quantum startup located in Paris, France that is developing a fault tolerant quantum computer based upon a superconducting cat qubit approach. They have also announced that their technology has reduced the prevalence of bit-flip errors by a factor of tens of thousands. They indicated that their technology has increased the time between bit-flips from a few milliseconds to 2 minutes. This could be a major advantage for implementing error correction code in the Alice & Bob processors because those codes would only need to correct for phase flips instead of needing to correct both bit-flips and phase-flips that would be required for other machines. This could drastically reduce the number of physical qubits needed to create a logical error corrected qubit. The company currently has a team of 40 and is planning to deliver its first commercial product in 2023. Additional information about the funding is available in a press release that can be accessed here. And additional information about improvements in bit-flip times can be found in a blog entree available here.

March 9, 2022
Pasqal and ARAMCO to Develop QC Apps Targeting Energy Industry
Pasqal and ARAMCO just penned a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaboratively develop quantum computing use cases specific to the energy sector. Under the agreement, Pasqal will provide its experience and neutral-atom approach that delivers 100+ qubit scalability and its platform’s flexibility that includes changing the geometry of a quantum register at each run to adapt to a specific challenge. Pasqal’s proprietary algorithms including Quantum Evolution Kernel (QEK) and others will be used for a variety of applications throughout the endeavor. The initial focus will be on creating quantum machine learning (QML) models. Click here for more.

March 8, 2022
Q-CTRL Shows Significant Improvements in Quantum Algorithmic Success with Its Quantum Control Software
Q-CTRL has announced they have achieved significant improvements in quantum algorithm success with the quantum processor benchmarking suite released last year by the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) in testing that used its Boulder Opal software. The amount of the benefits could vary significantly depending upon the specific algorithm and processor used, but Q-CTRL did report achieving improvements in success probability of up to 9000X in a test that used the Bernstein-Vazirani algorithm with IBM’s 16 qubit Guadalupe machine. Although other tests using different benchmarks or other processors showed lower levels of improvements, Q-CTRL’s testing showed a consistent pattern of improvement over multiple runs on different days, different algorithms, and different processors. Click here to read more about the improvements that were seen in this testing.

March 7, 2022 – News Brief
Amazon Braket is Now Supporting OpenQASM Programs
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced that it is now supporting the OpenQASM quantum assembly on all the gate-based quantum processors currently in the Amazon Braket Service. These include the processors from IonQ, Oxford Quantum Circuits, and Rigetti. However, this would not include the D-Wave quantum annealer since that is not a gate-based processor. OpenQASM is also supported by IBM. So, users will have the ability to write a single program and run it on different machines to compare the results. The compatibility is achieved using backend compilers for each of the machines that will automatically translate the OpenQASM programs to the native gate set available in the target machine. This announcement is not too surprising to us since we previously wrote last September that a Technical Steering Committee had been set up to guide OpenQASM development and the initial members included IBM, AWS, Microsoft, and the University of Innsbruck. A blog article from AWS announcing this support can be found here.

March 7, 2022
Xanadu Will Collaborate with Global Foundries to Build Xanadu’s Photonic Quantum Processor Chips
Xanadu has announced it will use Global Foundries’ GF Fotonix™ advanced 300mm silicon photonic for volume manufacturing of its next generation photonic processor that will include error correction and fault tolerance. The GF Fotonix™ process combines both photonics features and 300GHz-class RF-CMOS on a silicon wafer. Xanadu is currently undertaking the design of this chip with a goal of having a Global Foundries manufactured chip ready by the end of 2023. Click here for more.

March 6, 2022
Who’s News: Management Changes at Rigetti, IQM, QC Ware, Equal1 and Multiverse Computing
As the quantum industry continues to expand, new talent is continuing to join the industry to fill key management roles. Click here to see the recent management additions announced at Rigetti, IQM, QC Ware, Equal1 and Multiverse Computing.

March 4, 2022
Quantum Algorithms Institute to Partner with Xanadu to Expand the Quantum Workforce in Canada
The Quantum Algorithms Institute (QAI) is a non-profit organization in British Columbia which facilitates collaboration between industry, government, and academia to expand British Columbia’s applied quantum computing sector. They will be working with Xanadu to help students build expertise in quantum computing. They will be leveraging Xanadu’s Pennylane software to learn how to code quantum computing algorithms. As part of this activity, students will have the opportunity to work on real-world problems with QAI’s other industry and government partners in British Columbia. A news release announcing the collaboration between these two Canadian companies is available here.

March 3, 2022
Quix Quantum Introduces a New 20 Qumode Photonic Quantum Processor
Quix Quantum, a quantum technology firm located in Enschede, the Netherlands, and a spinout of the University of Twente, has updated its processor lineup. Its new 20 qumode processor is both higher in capacity and also better in quality than their previous generation 12 qumode processor. Qumodes are often used in quantum photonic processors instead of qubits. Qumodes are different from qubits because they are continuously variable and, in theory, a qumode can be at least as powerful, or perhaps, even more powerful than a qubit. Click here for more details about this new photonic quantum processor.

March 2, 2022 – News Brief
TuringQ Receives Its Third Round of Funding
Shanghai based TuringQ has received its third venture capital round in what they call a Pre-A+ financing. This is the third funding round the company has received since it was founded in February 2021. Although the funding amount of this round wasn’t disclosed the company did indicate they have received a total of 500 million yuan ($79 million USD) over the three rounds. The lead investor in this latest round was Oriza Holdings with additional participation from Wuxi Binhu State-owned Capital Investment Company, Legend Capital, and Ambrum Capital. The company is working to be a full-stack quantum computing company with a photonic based quantum processor using chips built in a 3D architecture. Their system will include including quantum light sources, optical quantum information processing chips, detection systems, dedicated optical quantum computing software, optical quantum chips EDA software cloud access, and an optical quantum computing operating system (TuringQ OS). The company will be using the funds to recruit additional R&D personnel to continue the development of their technology. Additional information about this funding is available in an article post at PanDaily which you can find here.

March 2, 2022
Rigetti Computing is Now a Public Company after Closing the Business Combination with Supernova Partners Acquisition Company II, Ltd.
As we reported last October, Rigetti Computing is now a public company and its shares are trading on the NASDAQ exchange under ticker symbol RGTI. Associated with the close, the company has received $261.75 million in cash of which $114.24 million came from a trust account held by Supernova before the merger and an additional $147.51 million from a fully committed PIPE (Private Investment in Public Equity). Click here for the full article.

March 1, 2022
IBM Introduces IBM Quantum Prototypes for Users to Try Out New Cutting Edge Quantum Algorithms
IBM has created a new capability called IBM Quantum prototypes that allows users to beta test new quantum algorithms being developed by IBM Research that aren’t ready yet to be integrated into a Qiskit library release. This capability provides a user with early access to the algorithms but can also help IBM gather early feedback on the new algorithms. IBM has released two algorithms to IBM Quantum prototypes called Entanglement Forging and Quantum Kernel Training. Click here to learn more about IBM Quantum prototypes and the two algorithms that have been released into it.

February 28, 2022 – News Brief
Oxford Quantum Circuits’ 8-Qubit “Lucy” Computer is Now Available on Amazon Braket
Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) Lucy computer is an 8-qubit machine based upon superconducting technology. It is based upon OQC’s patented Coaxmon technology which is a three-dimensional architecture which puts some of the key componentry off-chip which they contend will make it much more scalable. The machine will be available 15 hours per week from 10 AM to 1 PM GMT, Monday through Friday. The Lucy machine is physically located in the UK and will be accessible through Amazon Braket’s London region (eu-west-2) service. The OQC machine will be the first Amazon Braket machine located outside the United States and brings some additional benefits to European users such as lower data latency times and an ability to comply with certain country’s data residency requirements. Amazon had previously announced at their re:Invent conference last November that they will be adding hardware from OQC and QuEra to their Braket service in 2022. Additional information is available in a news release from OQC that can be found here, a blog post from AWS that is available here, an OQC webpage on the AWS site here, and another web page titled “OQC on AWS” located on the OQC website here.

February 27, 2022 – News Brief
Quantum Computing Inc. (QCI) and QPhoton Enter into a Multifaceted Partnership
Quantum Computing Inc., a Virginia based quantum software company specializing in developing optimization software for use with quantum computers, and QPhoton, a New Jersey based quantum photonics company developing products for use in biomedics, remote sensing, cyber security, and AI applications, have announced agreements that include an exclusive marketing agreement for the companies to jointly sell and market quantum and phonic products developed by the partners, a loan of up to $2.5 million from QCI to QPhoton, and an exclusivity agreement to allow QCI to negotiate exclusively for a limited time with QPhoton for a potential sale of QPhoton or its assets (or similar transaction). The companies are working to demonstrate a solution that companies QCI’s quantum optimization software technology with QPhoton’s quantum and photonic computing technologies by Q4 2022. Additional details about all of these elements of their partnership can be found in a press release provided by QCI here as well as QCI SEC filings that can be accessed here and here.

February 25, 2022
Super.tech Receives a $1.65 Million SBIR Award and QuantrolOx Raises £1.4 Million ($1.88M USD) in Seed Funding

Two quantum software companies have received funding this week, but in different ways. Super.tech has won an SBIR Phase 2 award from the U.S. Department of Energy for further development of their software. And UK company QuantrolOx closed seed funding for further development of their machine learning software to automatically tune, calibrate, stabilize and optimize qubits. Click here for the full article.

February 25, 2022 – News Brief
Quside Introduces a New Quantum Random Number Generator Chip
The chip, called the QN 100, can generate random bits at a fast rate of 1 gigabits per second (Gbps). It works by measuring the quantum random phase in light pulses. It can be used to generate secure cryptographic keys or other applications where fully random numbers are required. The company is a spinoff of The Institute of Photonic Science (ICFO) in Barcelona, Spain and they are working with a pure-play semiconductor foundry to have the chip fabricated in a reliable and repeatable manner typical of semiconductors. Additional information about this chip is available in a news release located on their website here and also a product page which describes the QN 100 in more detail here.

February 24, 2022 – News Brief
The Advanced Quantum Testbed (AQT) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Has Open Sourced a Quantum Control Electronics Design
The design is meant to supply all the room temperature control electronics to control the qubits in a superconducting based quantum computer. It is called QubiC and includes FPGAs, Analog to Digital Converters (ADC), Digital to Analog Converters (DAC) and other logic to generate the necessary control pulse to operate a superconducting qubit as well as perform the readout measurement to determine a qubit’s state. The design is customizable and modular and can be adapted to different user’s configurations. Although there are many commercial companies offering control electronic systems for controlling qubits, none of them are open sourced. AQT is hoping that an open-sourced design can be leveraged by the broader quantum information science community to access and improve the design in a way that is similar to what occurs frequently with open-sourced software. Additional information about this design can be found in a blog posted on Phys.org here, a more detailed technical paper posted on IEEE Xplore here, and the open-sourced design files posted on GitHub here.

February 24, 2022 – News Brief
Quantum Machines Announces General Availability of Its Pulse Processing Unit (PPU) for Real Time Qubit Control
The Quantum Machines Pulse Processing Unit (PPU), codenamed Hadamard, consists of an FPGA based unit with 18 processor cores that includes multiple waveform generators, digitizers, and processing units. It works with the rest of the OPX+ which includes analog to digital and digital to analog converters as well as a communications backplane which will provide all the needed control interfaces to the qubits. A key feature of the PPU is that it includes flexible, real-time control capabilities to support such things as error correction, mid-circuit measurements and If/Else and Case statements for conditional execution in real time. These capabilities allow the unit to alter the operation during the execution based upon conditions inside the circuit. Many other control implementations do not currently have this capability and will just provide a series of control pulses that were pre-planned ahead of time. Quantum Machines indicated that this capability has been able to speed up circuit execution by up to 5000 times in some situations. The PPU can be programmed with QUA, Quantum Machines Python-based quantum pulse-level programming language. For more, you can access Quantum Machines announcement about the general availability of this new Pulse Processing Unit here.

February 24, 2022
New Quantum Partnerships Form Between Zapata/Andretti Motorsports and Strangeworks/Quantum Algorithms Institute
Companies are leveraging advances in technology via collaboration to expedite use cases and to build quantum infrastructure. Click here for two recent examples of how Zapata and Andretti Motorsports and also Strangeworks and the Quantum Algorithms Institute are working together to advance the technology.

February 23, 2022
Two New Quantum Benchmarking Suites Announced by IonQ and Super.Tech
IonQ and Super.Tech have disclosed their own quantum benchmarking suites called Algorithmic Qubits and SuperMarQ, respectively. Both benchmark suites are based upon running common quantum algorithms rather than randomized circuits. And the Boston Consulting Group published a white paper that companies some of the existing benchmarks and discusses how benchmarks can be a key source of competitive advantage for investors and end users. Click here to read details about all of these.

February 23, 2022
Deloitte Quantum Climate Challenge seeks to Optimize Climate Impacts of Air Travel
Deloitte Consulting is sponsoring a Quantum Climate Challenge to address issues of climate change associated with air travel. The effects of air travel on localized and global climate are a complex calculation in which clouds caused by aircraft contrails can have a warming or a cooling effect on the climate. The best submissions will have the opportunity to present at the Deloitte Greenhouse in Berlin and be eligible to win part of the €12,000 prize pool. For more information about this quantum challenge, click here to read our article with additional information.

February 22, 2022 – News Brief
Quantinuum and IBM Announce an Expansion of the IBM Quantum Hub at Cambridge Quantum and an Addition to IBM’s Financial Investment in Quantinuum
In July of 2020, Cambridge Quantum Computing, now a part of Quantinuum, announced that they were the first startup company selected to be a hub in the IBM Q Network. The companies have now agreed to expand the IBM Quantum Hub capability at Cambridge Quantum to allow their clients greater access to IBM’s quantum computing systems including IBM’s recently announced 127 qubit processor. Even though the other part of Quantinuum, formerly Honeywell Quantum Solutions, has its own ion trap based quantum processor, this continues Cambridge Quantum’s strategy of offering support for a broad range of quantum processors including the superconducting based processors provided by IBM in order to support a variety of client needs. Similarly, IBM had announced in February 2020 that they would be making an equity investment in Cambridge Quantum. Now that Cambridge Quantum has been merged into Quantinuum, IBM’s stake has been transferred to the new company and the companies have now announced that IBM Ventures is adding to this previous investment. At this point, Quantinuum has three significant strategic shareholders in Honeywell, IBM and JSR Corp. You can view Quantinuum’s announcement of these two events in a press release available on their website here.

February 21, 2022
New Quantum Programming Languages Introduced by MIT and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

MIT and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have introduced new quantum programming languages that to provide specific features not available with some of the other programming platforms that are available. The MIT language is called Twist and is intended to help prorammers ensure the correctness of their quantum programs. The CAS language is called isQ-Core and has been developed to support the cloud-based quantum computer systems deployed by CAS. Click here for more.

February 20, 2022
Infineon Introduces Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Chip with Quantum Resistant Firmware Update Capability
Infineon has introduced a news chips called Optiga TPM that includes firmware download capability using the quantum resistant XMSS digital signature algorithm. TPM chips are secure crypto-processors that is designed to carry out cryptographic operations and provide a root-of-trust for the rest of the system. This is the first commercial chip we are aware of that has this type of quantum resistant functionality built-in. Click here for our full articles on this.

February 19, 2022 – News Brief
JPMorgan Chase, Toshiba, and Ciena Demonstrate a QKD Protected Blockchain Application
A research team from JP Morgan Chase, Toshiba, and Ciena have demonstrated a quantum protected blockchain application over a 70 kilometer fiber optic cable. The demonstration was able to multiplex one QKD (Quantum Key Distribution) channel, two 800 gigabit/second channels (Gbps), and eight 100 gigabit/second channels over a single fiberoptic cable using DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) technology. The QKD channel was used to supply up to 258 AES-256 keys at a refresh rate of 1 key/second for the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) algorithm and the 800 Gbps and 100 Gbps channels were used to transmit the encrypted data using the AES keys supplied by the QKD channel. Additional tests were performed with an extended distance of 100 km, although the Quantum Bit Error Rate (QBER) increased significantly and the secret key rate decreased significantly at the longer distance. To learn more about this demonstration, you can view a news announcement provided by JP Morgan Chase here and view a technical paper which describes this experiment in much more detail here.

February 18, 2022 – News Brief
Rigetti Demonstrates Two-Qubit Gate Fidelities as High as 99.5% on a Test Device
One of the most important measures of qubit quality is the two-qubit gate fidelity. All the quantum hardware providers are working to improve this measure in their next generation devices. Without further improvements, it will be difficult for any company to run any NISQ algorithms that provide accurate answers or meet the required error rate threshold for error correction techniques to actually work. Rigetti Computing is also working on this and announced that they have achieved two-qubit gate fidelities on a 9 qubit test device as high as 99.5% with a median of 99.2%. This level would be competitive with some of the very best quantum processors that we track on our Qubit Quality page. For comparison, Rigetti’s has reported that their latest 80 qubit production machine, named Aspen-M-1, is providing two-qubit median fidelities between 92.7%-95.8% depending upon the particular gate type. The next step for Rigetti will be to incorporate the techniques and processes they have developed with this test chip into a future revision of a production device that can maintain this level of gate fidelity on a device that has many more qubits. Additional information is available in a news release provided by Rigetti available here.

February 18, 2022 – News Brief
IonQ Partners with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to Create a Reliable Source of Barium for IonQ’s Quantum Computers
IonQ had announced last December that its next generation quantum computers would use Barium ions for its qubits instead of the Ytterbium ions it has been using. At the time, they cited a number of reasons for doing so including lower error rates, higher gate fidelity, better state detection, better reliability, and easier to network for creating modular systems. However, the source for the Barium material may not be available off-the-shelf, particularly if there are requirements for very high purity or a specific Barium isotope. To ensure a reliable source, IonQ has partnered with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to ensure a sustainable domestic supply of the material. In addition, the team has been able to reduce the size of the Barium source material to microscopic scale which will be a benefit in IonQ’s efforts to miniaturize its systems. In related developments, IonQ has joined the Northwest Quantum Nexus (NQN), along with Microsoft, the University of Washington (UW) and PNNL and also announced that it plans to soon create a product engineering facility in the Seattle area. You can view IonQ’s announcement of its partnership with PNNL in a news release located here.

February 17, 2022
Israeli Government to Fund Quantum Computer Development with a Budget of 200 Million Israeli New Shekels ($62M USD)
The project was announced by Israel’s Defense Ministry’s Directorate of Research and Development (MAFAT) and the Innovation Authority and will consist of two tracks. The first will be led by the Innovation Authority with a project to develop a quantum processor with about 20 qubits. The second track, led by MAFAT, will establish a national quantum capabilities center with support from the industry and academia. The agencies believe it is a national security issue to have this quantum independence capability, so they don’t get left behind or prevented from utilizing quantum technology due to another country’s export controls. To read our full article about this announcement, click here.

February 17, 2022 – News Brief
Classiq Raises $33 Million in a Series B Round
This round adds new investors including Hewlett Packard Pathfinder, the venture capital program of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE); Phoenix, a $60-billion insurance company; Spike Ventures, a Stanford alumni investor group; and Samsung NEXT, the investment and personal investments from Lip-Bu Tan and Harvey Jones. It also includes existing investors Wing VC, Team8, Entrée Capital, Sumitomo Corp. (through IN Venture) and OurCrowd. This brings the total funding for the company to $48 million since it was founded in early 2020. Classiq provides quantum programming software that automatically transforms high-level functional models into optimized quantum circuits for a wide range of hardware and cloud providers. The addition of Lip-Bu Tan and Harvey Jones to their investor base is particularly significant because Tan is the executive chairman of Cadence Design Systems and Jones is the former president and CEO of Synopsys. Both gentlemen are intimately familiar with the challenges in providing high level electronic design software for classical computing integrated circuits and should be able to share valuable insights for similar issues that are sure to come up with quantum computing circuits. Classiq will use the funds to quadruple the company’s headcount by adding both engineering and sales support personnel. They are planning to expand their office in the U.S. and open new offices in Europe and Japan for sales and support. The bulk of their engineering activities will remain in Tel Aviv, Israel. For more information about this funding round, you can view Classiq’s press announcement available here.

February 16, 2022 – News Brief
Atom Computing, ColdQuanta, Meadowlark Optics, and SPIE Join the University of Colorado Boulder’s CUbit Quantum Initiative
These four companies will be the first four strategic industry partners who are joining this program. The CUbit Quantum Initiative is an interdisciplinary hub of organizations in Colorado that work in quantum information science and technology. The initiative partners with regional universities and laboratories, quantum related companies, and serves a spectrum of local, regional and national interests. Key activities of CUbit are to perform joint research in areas of common interest and also to collaborate on workforce development programs, and provide real-world opportunities for CU Boulder students and researchers. Colorado is striving to become a key hub in quantum technology and already has several prominent quantum organizations from industry, academia, and government labs located in the state. Additional information about the CUbit Quantum Initiative and its new industry partners can be found in a new release located here and also a blog post from Atom Computing here.

February 16, 2022
Rigetti and Ampere Partner to Develop Cloud-native Hybrid Quantum-Classical Computers
Rigetti is partnering with Ampere, a manufacturer of very high performance classical microprocessors to develop high-performance hybrid quantum-classical computers for use in cloud installations. They will also work together to optimize Rigetti’s quantum simulation software for best performance on Ampere’s microprocessors. Click here for the full article.

February 15, 2022
Rigetti Announces Commercial Availability of their 80 Qubit Aspen-M and a Teaming with NASDAQ to Explore Financial Applications of QC
Rigetti has taken the next step with their 80 qubit Aspen-M-1 processor by making it commercial available on both Rigetti’s Quantum Cloud Service (QCS) and also on the Amazon Braket service. Previously, this machine was only available for private beta testing through QCS. In another announcement, Rigetti announced that they have reached a collaborative agreement with Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) to explore quantum applications to help solve high-impact computational problems in the financial industry. Click here for the full article that describes both announcements in more detail.

February 14, 2022 – News Brief
University of Strathclyde Will Lead Two Quantum Programs with a Total Budget of £960,000 ($1.3M USD)
The first program is an International Network in Space Quantum Technologies which will include a consortium of 37 members in 13 countries, including four industrial partners, to develop satellite-enabled quantum-secure communication and Earth observation. It will tackle the technical challenges of putting quantum technology into space including the radiation environment in space, autonomous and remote operation and the limited size, weight and power constraints of satellites. This program will be funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) with a budget of £480,000. The second program is an International Network for Microfabrication of Atomic Quantum Sensors. This program will develop the next generation of miniaturized quantum sensors, with potential applications in healthcare, navigation, finance, communication and security. It is also funded by UKRI with a budget of £480,000. Additional information about these two quantum related awards is available in a news release on the University of Strathclyde website here.

February 12, 2022 – News Brief
Quantum Motion Opens a New Lab in London
Quantum Motion, a quantum hardware company spun out by academics from University College London (UCL) and Oxford University, has opened up a new development lab in the Islington section of London.  The lab will employ 25 full time staff including quantum theorists, physicists and integrated circuit (IC) engineers. Quantum Motion is developing a quantum processor using silicon-based spin qubits and has received almost £20 million ($27M USD) in equity and grant funding. Additional information about Quantum Motion and this new lab is available in a post on the UCL website here and another brief post on the Quantum MRotion website here.

February 12, 2022
Quantum South Releases Air Cargo Optimization Application

Quantum South, a software development company based in Uruguay, has announced the release of software to optimize logistics and arrangement of air cargo for transport. The software utilizes the power of quantum computing to handle multiple variable optimization problems, as loading companies must take into account load shape, weight, and center of gravity as well as important plane and flight characteristics such as shear and fuselage shape. Click here for the rest of the article.

February 12, 2022
Who’s News: Management Updates at Rigetti, Cambridge Quantum, and QuintessenceLabs
Rigetti Computing, Cambridge Quantum and QuintessenceLabs have all recent announced new additions to their management team. Click here to find out who has joined each of these organizations.

February 10, 2022
Duke University and IonQ Develop New Types of N-Qubit Gates
Duke University and IonQ have developed is a way to implement various types of N-Qubit gates, including the Toffoli gate, natively in one level. Using these gates can potentially simplify and speed up the function while simultaneously offering a reduced error versus the synthesizing the N-Qubit gates from single and 2-qubit gates. And this approach is not just limited to three qubits. It can potentially be used on all the qubits in the ion trap chain. It can potentially be a significant benefit to programmers, depending upon the particular algorithm they are implementing. Click here for the full article.

February 10, 2022 – News Brief
Rigetti and Zapata Partner to Integrate Zapata’s Software Into Rigetti’s Quantum Cloud Services (QCS)
Although Zapata Computing has been supporting Rigetti’s processors for a long time, this new development will represent a tighter integration that will provide additional improvements. Many of the quantum programs being run today are hybrid classical/quantum programs that require usage of both types of resources to arrive at a result. Because of this, the efficiency of the interface between the classical and quantum resources becomes very important and can have a big impact on the overall runtime for a particular program. The new development will integrate Orquestra, Zapata’s unified platform for building and deploying quantum applications, directly with Rigetti’s Quantum Cloud Services (QCS). In order to run a particular hybrid program, the classical and quantum processor may need to exchange data thousands of times and this integration will improve the speed of those exchanges and reduce overall latency for the end users. In addition, this improvement in latency may have an interesting side effect in improving solution quality because the qubit calibrations in a quantum processor tend to drift over time which can start causing more errors. By shortening the runtime of a program, the amount of drift is also minimized. Integrating the software will also provide other advantages by enabling the optimization and automation of the compiler toolchain for error mitigation purposes. This integrated compiler toolchain functionality is expected to be available to customers in Q2 2022. For more information, you can access the announcement of this partnership posted on the Zapata website here.

February 9, 2022 – News Brief
Nord Quantique Receives $9.5 Million CAD ($7.5M USD) in Seed Funding
The funding was led by BDC Capital’s Deep Tech Venture Fund and Paris-based Quantonation VC fund. Previous investor Real Ventures also participated in this round. Nord Quantique is developing a superconducting quantum processor that will use bosonic codes to provide error mitigated qubits. They believe that their approach will result in lower error qubits than other superconducting qubit implementations. Nord Quantique, founded in 2020, is located in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada and is a partner of the Sherbrooke Quantum Innovation Zone. Additional information can be found in a news release posted on the Nord Quantique website here.

February 9, 2022
Germany Expands its Quantum Computing Roadmap with QuaST
Germany aims to become a leader in quantum technologies and is rapidly rolling out its roadmap. A newly launched Quantum-enabling Services and Tools for Industrial Applications (QuaST) Consortium will enable rapid quantum adoption without requiring relevant prior knowledge or major investment. QuaST will supply end-users with high-level libraries that automatically decompose a solution into parts requiring classical, high-performance or quantum computing, according to the problem submitted. The parts requiring quantum computing are then optimized and mapped onto the hardware, including a co-design process. Potential applications include logistic optimization, scheduling in production management, health care and drug development and cases from automotive and cybersecurity. Click here for more.

February 8, 2022
D-Wave Will Go Public with a SPAC Transaction and an Estimated Market Cap of $1.6 Billion
D-Wave will merge with DPCM Capital, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC), in a transaction that will have a pro-forma implied market capitalization of the combined company of about $1.6 billion USD. The pre-money valuation of D-Wave will be $1.2 billion. The transaction is similar to those that have been announced with IonQ and Rigetti, but it does include a few twists. Like the other transactions, D-Wave will receive an infusion of cash of about $340 million. This will come from the $300 million of cash in DPCM existing trust with an additional $40 million in a PIPE (Private Investment in Public Equity) transaction from a group of strategic and institutional investors. Click here to view the rest of the article.

February 7, 2022 – News Brief
Zapata Computing and Qureca Announce an Online QC Training Course
The two companies are partnering to offer a self-pace online course called Quantum Training for Enterprises that will cover quantum computing basics, challenges and potential impact in the near term. The course is configured as a modular course taught by Zapata executives, scientists and engineering experts which can be completed in about 3 weeks with a time commitment of about 2 hours each week. Altogether there are eight modules including a Getting Started and Wrap-up module. Completion certificates are provided for those who pass all the quizzes at the end of each lesson. For those who are already clients of Zapata, the course is available at no extra charge. The course is also available for those who are not Zapata clients at a price of £1,000 ($1353 USD) by registering directly on the Qureca website. A news release announcing this training course is available on the Zapata website here and a more detailed description of the course can be found on the Qureca website here.

February 6, 2022 – News Brief
Polaris Quantum Biotech and Allosteric Bioscience Partner to Research Use of Quantum for Improving Aging and Longevity

Polaris Quantum Biotech (Polarisqb) is a quantum software company that uses quantum computing and artificial intelligence to process, evaluate and identify drug lead molecules 10,000 times faster than alternative solutions. Allosteric Bioscience is a company formed in 2021 to utilize quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and other sciences to create improved treatments for aging, longevity, and aging related diseases. The goal of the partnership will be to leverage their respective technologies to create an inhibitor of a key protein involved in human aging and longevity. Polarisqb will be using its Tachyontm drug design platform and Allosteric Bioscience will be using its  two aging platforms: “ALT” – Aging Longevity Targets and “ALM” – Aging Longevity Modulators for this research. As part of the agreement Allosteric Bioscience will also be making an equity investment in Polarisqb. For more information about this partnership, you can view a news release available here.

February 5, 2022 – News Brief
Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator Launched and Will Receive an IBM System Quantum Processor in 2023
In a partnership between the Government of Quebec and IBM, they will set up the Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator to develop new projects, collaborations, and build skills, and investigate solutions to problems in critical areas of research such as energy, life sciences, and sustainability. The Discovery Accelerator will be working to research advanced in other advanced computing technologies including AI and High Performance Classical Computing (HPC), in addition to its activities in quantum computing. As part of this effort IBM will install a model of its IBM Q System One quantum processor in early 2023 at one of its facilities Bromont, Quebec alongside a new high-performance classical computing cluster for AI. This will be the fifth processor that IBM will be installing outside of its base in New York state and will follow other installations that have occurred or are being planned in GermanyJapanSouth Korea, and Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic. IBM has issued both a press release and a blog that provides additional information related to this announcement, and you can view them here and here.

February 5, 2022 – News Brief
Microsoft Offering Free Credits to Try Out Azure Quantum
Microsoft has initiated a program to provide $500 of free credits for use of Azure Quantum for each of its partners. The systems currently available are IonQ’s QPU (as well as their free Simulator) and Quantinuum’s H1 QPU and Emulator and soon they will be adding superconducting systems from Rigetti and Quantum Circuits Inc. (QCI). There are no applications requirements or approvals needed and the potential total of credits could add up to $2,000 if you use all four providers. For researchers who use up the $500 credits and would like to apply for more, you can submit an Azure Quantum Credits application and see if Microsoft will approve additional credits. Credit allocation for that program will be determined based on the potential value for the quantum ecosystem either from research, educational, or commercial point of view. Additional information about Microsoft’s free Azure Quantum credit program can be found in a blog post located on the MIcrosoft website here.

February 4, 2022 – News Brief
Algorithmiq Raises a $4 Million Seed Round
Algorithmiq is a company located in Helsinki, Finland that is developing advanced algorithms to solve complex problems in life sciences. They have raised this seed round from investors including Jorma Ollila (Nokia/Shell), Haakon Overli (Dawn Capital), Thames Trust (Lord Jim O’Neill), David Helgason (Foobar/Unity3D), Tiger Global Management, Feroz Dewan (Arena Holdings), Keenan Rice (Tokyo Black/ LookerGoogle/Firebolt) and K5 Global, and other European and US angels and entrepreneurs. The funds will be used to make their novel quantum-enhanced drug discovery platform commercially available. Algorithmiq’s announcement of this funding can be seen in a LinkedIn post available here.

February 4, 2022
German Government Funds €16 Million ($18.3M USD) for Photonic Quantum Computer Development
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing this funding to a project called PhotonQ which will be led by the University of Stuttgart and include the Universities of Würzburg, Mainz and Ulm, the Technical University of Munich, the Institute of Microelectronics Stuttgart and Vanguard Automation GmbH. The goal of the four-year project will be to demonstrate a quantum computer with eight qubits that will use a technique called measurement-based quantum computing. To accomplish this the team will be developing deterministic photon sources, scalable silicon photonics circuits, better connection technology and novel single-photon detectors. Key considerations for this project will be to reduce the optical losses in the system as much as possible while increasing the efficiency of the devices that generate and detect the photons. A news release about this project provided by the University of Stuttgart (in German) is available here.

February 3, 2022
InfinityQ Receives Additional Financing to Commercialize Quantum Analog
Quantum analog creator infinityQ Technology closed a seed-extension round of financing with new investors Hevella Capital, iGlobe Partners and Westcott Investment Group, and participation from existing partners Cato Stonex and Louis Vachon, bringing the total raised to date to nearly $5 million USD. Click here for the full article.

February 2, 2022 – News Brief
ColdQuanta Releases Summary of Achievements in 2021
ColdQuanta has issued a press release that describes its progress in 2021. Key metrics include a 140% growth in bookings and a 70% growth in headcount. In addition, their progress occurred on many fronts including new customers contracts, new members of their leadership team, new partnerships, and new technical milestones. Many of these milestones had previously been reported last year in the Quantum Computing Report. You can view ColdQuanta’s news release summarizing many of the key developments at the company in 2021 here.

February 2, 2022 – News Brief
Multiverse Partners Will Use Xanadu’s PennyLane Software as a Core Element for Its Software
Multiverse Computing has announced a partnership with Xanadu to utilize PennyLane software as a core element for much of its software. PennyLane is a hardware agnostic, open source quantum software platform that provides a dedicated library for quantum machine learning. Use of this software will improve the speed and make it easier for Multiverse and its financial industry clients to develop applications. Although PennyLane will be utilized for many of Multiverse’s products, they do have some others that work with D-Wave’s quantum annealer and Tensor Networks. The PennyLane library won’t be in use for these right now because PennyLane doesn’t interface with these platforms yet. You can view a news release provided by Multiverse announcing this partnership on their website here.

February 1, 2022
U.S. Government Releases a National Strategic Plan for Quantum Workforce Development Along with Several Other Workforce Development Activities
The U.S. government’s National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science (SCQIS), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)’s National Quantum Coordination Office (NQCO), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have released a strategic plan and a new solicitation and several programs to help develop a robust quantum trained workforce in the United States. Click here for a summary of their recently announced activities.

January 29, 2022 – News Brief
Strangeworks and Entangled Networks Partner to Provide Solutions for Multi-QPU Configurations
One of the techniques being explored by many quantum hardware providers to increase the number of usable qubits is to create a cluster of multiple quantum processor units (QPUs) and network them together in a mini quantum internet. This strategy follows a similar pattern that was pioneered in classical computing over 30 years ago. However, developing software that takes advantage of this type of configuration can be a challenging problem, but Entangled Networks is working on both hardware and software solutions to make this happen. They have just announced their first product called MultiQopt which is a multi-QPU compiler that provides best-in-class quantum circuit optimization for modular system architectures. To bring this to market, they have partnered with Strangeworks make the product available in a future Backstage Pass ticket on the Strangeworks platform. One of the first hardware platform where this software will be used is with Rigetti’s 80-qubit design which consists of two 40-qubit chips and is also supported by Strangeworks. But several other hardware companies are planning to have their own multi-QPU systems available in the future too. You can view the press release issued by both companies announcing the MultiQopt sofware and their partnership here.

January 29, 2022 – News Brief
Agnostiq Releases Covalent, an Open Source Workflow Orchestration Platform
Agnostiq, a Toronto based quantum software company, has released Covalent, a workflow orchestration platform which is designed to make it easier for users to utilize the capabilities of quantum processors as well as classical high performance computing hardware. It will break workflows down into modular Python components to allow users to easily reproduce repetitive code and avoid costly reruns and it includes an intelligent task scheduler that automatically selects the best hardware resource for a given task based on a mix of predefined as well as user-defined constraints. Because the software is open source, a user can more easily integrate a variety of classical and quantum hardware backends into the software. For more about Covalent, you can view a news release released by Agnostic here and also a webpage for the software located on the Agnostiq website here.

January 28, 2022 – News Brief
Menten AI Chooses Xanadu’s Pennylane to Help Design Novel Drug Molecules
Menten AI is a biotech startup that is developing a software platform for protein design using next-generation technology that leverages machine learning and quantum computing. They have decided to use Xanadu’s open-source PennyLane library as the base for its quantum machine learning solutions. Pennylane is a dedicated library for quantum machine learning that integrates many different simulators and quantum hardware platforms. It is a good fit for Menten’s development approach of utilizing machine learning and quantum computing for drug design. Since both companies are located in Toronto, Canada, it may also make it a little easier for the two companies to work together. Additional information is available in a news release provided by Menten AI which is available here.

January 27, 2022 – News Brief
USRA-Rigetti-NASA Start Work on DARPA ONISQ Phase 2
In March of 2020, we reported on an award from the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)
to a team from the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), Rigetti Computing and NASA for work on a program called ONISQ (Optimization with Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices). The goal of ONISQ is to research how NISQ level quantum computers can be used to provide an advantage in solving optimization problems. This activity has been quite productive as there has already been more than ten scientific papers, published or presented at international conferences or currently under review. The team has now advanced work to start on Phase 2 of this program which entails testing applications of increasing scale and benchmarking the solutions against high-performance classical computers to see if the quantum approach can provide an advantage. The Phase 2 work will include the use of Rigetti’s recently announced 80 qubit processor. More about the Phase 2 activity of this ONISQ program is available in a news release provided by Rigetti which you can see here and another news release from USRA which is available here.

January 26, 2022 – News Brief
PQShield Raises $20 Million Series A Funding
The funding round was led by Addition, with participation from existing investors Oxford Science Enterprises (formerly OSI) and Crane. PQShield is headquartered in Oxford, UK and specializes in providing solutions for Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC). Their products include a post-quantum System-on-a-Chip (SOC) crypto co-processor design, a cryptographic SDK for mobile and server technologies, and a toolkit for messaging platforms and apps to ensure the privacy and long-lasting confidentiality of sensitive data. The company has been participating in the NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography Standardization process and they are the authors of several of the NIST PQC finalist algorithms. The company currently has employees in the UK, United States, France and the Netherlands and will be using the funds to double the size of their staff by the end of the year. Their announcement of the funding with additional information is available in a news release that can be seen here.

January 25, 2022 – News Brief
HQS Quantum Simulations Receives a €12 Million ($13.58M USD) Series A Venture Capital Round

The round was led by Quantonation with additional participation from previous investors UVC Partners, btov Industrial Technologies and High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF). HQS Quantum Simulations develops quantum algorithms to predict molecular properties for performance materials, specialty chemicals and pharmaceutical companies. In addition, they have developed software that can initially be run on classical computers but can be transferred to quantum computers once more powerful quantum computers are available. They are part of the Q-Exa consortium which aims to install in the first quantum computer manufactured in Germany at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre by the end of this year. They will use the funds to enhance its HQS Quantum Assisted Design cloud platform while expanding its open-source library, called Active Space Finder. More information about HQS and this new funding can be found in a news release located on the HQS website here.

January 25, 2022
Classiq and ColdQuanta Partnership Aimed at Providing Solutions for 100+ Qubit Systems
The companies state that this type of partnership is very important for end users to take advantage of machines that have more than a few dozen qubits. Although smaller machines can be programmed manually with lower-level languages at the individual gate level, once the processors hit the 100 qubit and higher level this becomes too complex to do it efficiently. For more about this new partnership, you can read the rest of our article describing it here.

January 24, 2022
Who’s News: Management Updates at SEEQC, Riverlane, Arqit, and Multiverse Computing
SEEQC has created a new Scientific Advisory Board and appointed a new Vice-President of Engineering. Riverlane has recruited a new Head of Engineering to guide their efforts in fault tolerant quantum computing. Arqit has added a new advisor. And Multiverse has brought on a CEO for its new French subsidiary. Click here to read our full article reporting on these changes.

January 23, 2022 – News Brief
Virginia Tech to Establish a Center for Quantum Information Science and Engineering
The new center was announced by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and will be located on their campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. It will complement another Center of Quantum Architecture and Software Development on the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus located in Alexandria, Virginia. The center will unite quantum research across disciplines and will initially include sixteen Virginia Tech faculty providing multidisciplinary expertise in physics, mathematics, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and material science. Some of the goals of the new center will be to strengthen Virginia Tech proposals for large center-scale grants and raise the visibility of this work, facilitate new partnerships, and attract faculty and students for work at the forefront of quantum research. More about Virginia Tech’s announcement about the creation of the center can be found in a news release here. You can also view a webpage for the center itself here.

January 22, 2022
World Economic Forum (WEF) Issues “Quantum Computing Governance Principles” Report
The World Economic Forum’s Quantum Computing Governance project seeks to encourage the development of responsible quantum computing. Although quantum technology is still very new and in early development, they believe that this early stage is the best time to discuss the ethical, legal and societal impacts of quantum computing. This report lays out the first set of principles for responsible design and adoption of quantum computing technologies in order to incentivize the development of the technology while minimizing the possible risks. Click here for more.

January 21, 2022
Quantum Computing Inc. Announces a New QCI Qonsulting Practice and Signs Up Its First Customer
Quantum Computing Inc. (QCI), a quantum software company that provides its hardware agnostic Qatalyst quantum optimization software, has established a new consulting practice to help customers through their quantum journey. The company has developed a four-phase framework that they call Path2Quantum (P2Q) that can help clients define quantum opportunities, define appropriate quantum infrastructures, measure quantum potential, and achieve first quantum production results that will help enterprises plan their quantum computing adoption. Associated with the launch of their QCI Qonsulting practice, they also announced their first client, an employee staffing solutions company called Quad M Solutions, Inc. (Quad M). The companies will work together to improve the efficiency of the company’s self-underwritten medical insurance. For more about these announcements, click here to read our full article.

January 20, 2022 – News Brief
Quantum Brilliance, Fraunhofer Institute, and University of Ulm Will Collaborate in a €19.9 Million ($22.5M USD) Project to Research Diamond-Based Quantum Microprocessors
The project will be 74.8 percent funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with the remaining budget covered by the consortium partners and it is expected to run through November 30, 2024. Key activities will be to develop growth processes for diamond substrates of high purity and quality as well as develop precision manufacturing techniques for fabricating scalable arrays of diamond (also known as NV center) qubits. Other important activities will be to develop mechanisms for the selective initialization, read-out, and manipulation of qubits in quantum computers with multiple processor nodes. Founded in 2019, Quantum Brilliance is an Australian-German quantum computing hardware company with locations in Canberra, Australia and Stuttgart, Germany that provides diamond quantum accelerators supported by a full stack of software and application tools. They are focused on developing quantum accelerators that possess small form factors and run at room temperatures for use as accelerators that will work with classical supercomputers. For more information about this project, you can view a press release provided by Quantum Brilliance that’s available here.

January 20, 2022 – News Brief
QOSF and the Unitary Fund Announce the Winner of the 2021 Wittek Quantum Prize for Open Source Software
The Quantum Open Source Foundation (QOSF) and the Unitary Fund have announced Victory Omole, a software engineer at Super.tech, as the winner of the 2021 Wittek Quantum Prize for Open Source Software for his outstanding contributions to Cirq and other open-source projects. He was selected after review of 38 nominations from all over the world. Three runners up were also announced including (in no particular order) Kesha Hietala who led the design of the SQIR quantum programming language, Paul Nation who co-created QuTiP and Robert Smith who started the Quil ecosystem and open-sourced large parts of the Rigetti software stack. The Wittek prize is a yearly award that was established in 2020 in memory of Peter Wittek, a pioneer in the field of open quantum software who went missing on a mountaineering expedition in the Himalayas in 2019. The prize award is $4,000 with the intent to reward an otherwise unnoticed individual for outstanding contribution to the field of quantum open-source software. For more information about the Wittek Quantum Prize, you can view the website for it here. And for more about the selection of Victory Omole as the winner of the 2021 prize, you can view a Medium article and associated video here.

January 20, 2022
Terra Quantum and Atom Computing Each Raise $60 Million in Venture Capital
In an interesting coincidence both Terra Quantum and Atom Computing have each announced new venture capital raises of $60 Million. For Terra Quantum it was an A round and for Atom Computing it was a B round. Click here to read our full article describing these events.

January 19, 2022 – News Brief
Finland Launches a €10 Million ($11.35M USD) QuTI Project
The Quantum Technologies Industrial (QuTI) ecosystem project will develop new components, manufacturing and testing solutions and algorithms for the needs of quantum technology. It will be coordinated by VTT Finland and include eleven additional partners from research, academia, and industry including Aalto University, Tampere University and CSC – IT Center for Science, and the industrial partners are Bluefors, Afore, Picosun, IQM Quantum Computers, Rockley Photonics, Quantastica, Saab, and Vexlum. The project will last for three years and €5.6 million of the budget will be partially funded by Business Finland, a public organization under the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The project will utilize the Micronova cleanroom facility in Espoo, Finland, operated jointly by VTT and Aalto University and also another cleanroom located at Tampere University for fabrication of the optoelectronics components. Additional information about this new collaboration in Finland can be found in a press release posted on the VTT website here.

January 19, 2022 – News Brief
Multiverse Adds a Fair Price Module to their Singularity Quantum Software Platform
We previously reported on Multiverse’ introduction of their Singularity quantum software platform that enable inputting QC problems from an Excel spreadsheet. We also reported earlier on their work to integrate support for the IonQ ion trap processor with this software. They have now added a new module to calculate the Fair Price of a portfolio of stocks to this platform. Currently, these calculations are typically implemented in programs running on supercomputers that can look at tens of thousands of samples and run for a period of 24 hours or more. When the number of samples is decreased, the accuracy also diminishes. In a test, they showed data that indicated a 37%-43% improvement in accuracy for a quantum calculation versus a classical calculation when both are limited to 4,000 samples. The algorithm uses a quantum amplitude estimation method to estimate the mean of a novel implementation of the Gordon-Shapiro formula. For more about this Fair Pricing module, you can view a news release from Multiverse announcing it here, a video demonstration of using it here, and a technical arXiv paper that describes the algorithm here.

January 19, 2022 – News Brief
IonQ and Hyundai Partner to Study Use of Quantum Computing for Researching Battery Chemistry
The two companies will study the use of new variational quantum eigensolver (VQE) algorithms to characterize different lithium compounds and the chemical reactions that could be use in battery chemistry. There have been other quantum research projects announced in the past involving battery chemistry including one between IBM and Daimler and another one between Toyota and Qunasys, however IonQ indicated that their new project will be the most advanced model to date as measured by the number of qubits and gates used. In addition, the IonQ/Hyundai research will include other lithium-based battery chemistries, including Lithium-Oxide (or Lithium-Air), whereas the IBM/Daimler study only looked at Lithium-Sulfur batteries. A Lithium-Air battery would be lighter which could provide a potential advantage in a mobile vehicle. The IonQ/Daimler simulations will require at least 12 qubits and will be able to utilize all the quantum computers commercially available at IonQ, including System 5, the latest system in private beta. Using quantum computing to discover new types of battery chemistries can have a large commercial value due to the push to increase the production and reduce the cost of batteries for use in both electric vehicles and the electrical grid to help combat global warming. In addition, the simulation of all the interactions that can take place at the molecular level are too complex for a classical computer to perform accurately. You can read the announcement provided by IonQ and Hyunda in a post located on the IonQ website here. IonQ has also posted a blog titled “Improving Battery Chemistry with Quantum Computing” that you can find here.

January 17, 2022
D-Wave Installs an Advantage Quantum Annealer at Forschungszentrum Jülich for European Access
D-Wave and Forschungszentrum Jülich announced that they have installed the latest D-Wave Advantage Performance quantum annealer at the Forschungszentrum Jülich Supercomputing Centre in Julich, Germany. This 5000 qubit machine is the first Leap™ quantum cloud-based system and quantum annealer located outside North America and will be available to European users at Forschungszentrum Jülich immediately in the cloud via Leap. Click here for more.

January 16, 2022 – News Brief
Caltech Constructing a New Center for Quantum Precision Measurement
The new center, called the Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Center for Quantum Precision Measurement, will add to Caltech’s already substantial capability to perform research in quantum science and technology. It will be housed in a six-story building that will have two stories underground and include passageways to three adjacent research buildings on the Caltech campus to maximize collaborations between scientists. The center is being made possible with grants from The Sherman Fairchild Foundation and Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg. Activity at the center will focus on understanding quantum systems and their potential including quantum sensing, quantum information, and gravitational-wave detection. For information about this center can be seen in two different news releases shown on the Caltech website that you can find here and here.

January 15, 2022
Government Grants for Q-CTRL, Quantopticon, and Rice University
Three government awards related to quantum technology were announced this week for Q-CTRL, Quantopticon, Rice University and their partners. Click here to read our article describing what these groups will be researching and the amount of funding each program will receive.

January 14, 2022 – News Brief
QMware Launches their Hybrid Quantum Cloud Data Center
We reported in October 2020 about the formation of the QMware joint venture between Terra Quantum and Novarion to create an integrated hardware/software appliance called the Hybrid Quantum Cloud. They have now announced the opening of a Hybrid Quantum Cloud Data Center Alpha based upon the technology. They have made this available to European enterprises, scientific laboratories and institutions. Part of the motivation for this effort to provide a European alternative to U.S. dominated quantum cloud providers based upon a European standard called GAIA-X, a project for the development of an efficient and competitive, secure and trustworthy federation of data infrastructure and service providers for Europe. This first installation has occurred at the Vienna data center of NTT Global Data Centers and additional ones are under consideration for the future. More information is available in a post on QMware’s LinkedIn page here, another post on their website here, and an article (in German) on the pressetext website here.

January 13, 2022 – News Brief
Spain Forms CUCO Project to Research Potential Quantum Computing Applications

The CUCO (CUantica COmputacion) consortium will include seven commercial company (Amatech, BBVA, DAS Photonics, GMV, Multiverse Computing, Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech y Repsol), five research centers (BSC, CSIC, DIPC, ICFO y Tecnalia), and public university UPV (Universitat Politècnica de València) to research potential quantum applications in industries such as energy, finance, space, defense and logistics. The project is being supported by Spain’s Ministry of Science and Innovation under the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan with funding from CDTI (Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial) a public funding agency for technology development. The project has been funded at $5.8 million and should last for two years with possible extensions later on. Activities of the project will include identifying relevant use cases for quantum computing in the Spanish economy and developing proof of concepts to show if they can provide a quantum advantage. Additional information about this project can be found in a news release posted on the Multiverse Computing website here.

January 12, 2022 – News Brief
Capgemini Launches a Quantum Lab and Becomes an IBM Quantum Hub
Capgemini is a French multinational information technology (IT) services and consulting company headquartered in Paris, France. They have over 300,000 employees and reached €15.84 billion ($18B USD) in revenue in 2020. Their Quantum Lab (Q-Lab) will include facilities in the UK, Portugal, and India and they will work with clients in the areas of quantum computing, quantum communications, and quantum sensing. The key industrial sectors that they believe will benefit the most from quantum technologies include life sciences, financial services, automotive and aerospace. You can read Capgemini’s news release announcing the launch of their Quantum Lab here.

January 11, 2022
Pasqal and Qu&Co Announce Merger
In another merger between a quantum hardware processor and a quantum software companies, French hardware developer Pasqal has announced a merger with Amsterdam based Qu&Co, a quantum software provider. The two companies will work to closely integrate Qu&Co’s quantum algorithm routines with Pasqal’s neutral atom-based quantum hardware to provide quantum solutions many commercial sectors including chemistry, life sciences, automotive, electronics, utilities, aerospace, defense, finance and others. Click here for more.

January 10, 2022 – News Brief
LG Electronics Joins the IBM Quantum Network
LG Electronics has joined the IBM Quantum Network in order to access IBM’s quantum computing systems, quantum expertise, and Qiskit software development kit. They are joining 170 other organizations including ‎ LG Electronics, Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, academic institutions and research labs that are working with IBM. LG Electronics is a large South Korean multinational electronics company with 63 trillion Won ($52 Billion USD) in revenue and over 75,000 employees. They surely have a large number of potential applications in areas including big data, artificial intelligence, connected cars, digital transformation, IoT, and robotics that could be helped through the use of quantum computing. Additional information can be found in a press release provided by IBM which can be seen here.

January 10, 2022 – News Brief
D-Wave, SavantX, and Fenix Marine Services Team to Optimize Logistics at the Port of Los Angeles
SavantX has announced that they have worked with Fenix Marine Services to develop a quantum powered AI engine called HONE (Hyper Optimization Nodal Efficiency) that optimizes the logistics at the Pier 300 container terminal project at the Port of Los Angeles, one of the largest marine terminals in the US. The software runs on the D-Wave quantum annealer and optimizes scheduling, appointments, and in-terminal container handling for trucking companies and their customers. The software allowed the port to handle a record 903,000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent unit, equivalent to one 20’x20’x8′ shipping container) in October 2021. Coordinating all the many resources including ships, trucks, trains, warehouses, terminal facilities, etc. for maximum efficiency is an extremely challenging logistics and optimization problem. Obtaining the best possible efficiency has become additional critical in the past year due to the pandemic-induced buying surge which has created supply chain challenges that must be solved. Use of the optimization software can improve overall capacity, cost, predictability, turnaround times, and ROI for the shipping companies and its customers. For more about this real-world implementation, you can view a news release from Savantx which is available here.

January 8, 2022 – News Brief
Michigan State University, Purdue University and the University of Michigan Form the Midwest Quantum Collaboratory (MQC)
The three universities will work together on cutting edge projects related to quantum technology. Some examples of specific research goals of MQC include creating new directions to exploit entanglement in inherently scalable systems, quantum sensing, and complex systems. Another key focus of this effort will be to prepare students with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in this sector. It is well understood that one of the big challenges to growing the quantum industry will be to find qualified personnel for a growing quantum workforce. The MQC will not only work to provide students with scientific training, but also help them develop the necessary interpersonal skills in order to be a productive member of the quantum workforce. To learn more about the MQC, you can read a news release posted on the MSU website here and also visit the MQC website which is located here.

January 8, 2022
Who’s News – Management Updates at Quantum Computing Inc. and Q-CTRL
Quantum Computing Inc. has appointed a new COO/CTO and also announced that another person has joined Board of Directors. And Q-CTRL has recruited a Chief Strategy Officer. Click here to read our article with more details.

January 7, 2022 – News Brief
POLARISqb and PhoreMost Partner to Use QC for Drug Discovery
POLARISqb, a quantum software company based in Durham, North Carolina, will work with PhoreMost, a drug discovery company in the UK, to help find potential drug targets that have previously been considered undruggable. PhoreMost’s SITESEEKER phenotypic screen platform identifies unexpected or “cryptic” druggable sites across the entire genome, within targets previously considered undruggable and then POLARISqb Tachyon™ quantum computing platform will use quantum algorithms to scan for billions of molecules from a large chemical space to find novel molecular drugs in minutes, rather than the months or years it would take for a classical supercomputer. The goal will be to discover and develop the next generation of oncology therapies. To see more about this partnership, you can read a news release posted on the POLARISqb website here.

January 6, 2022
Eeroq is Moving Its Headquarters to Chicago
Eeroq, a quantum hardware startup developing processor based upon electrons floating above pools of superfluid helium, has signed a lease for a 9600 square foot engineering lab and office on Chicago’s West Side. The company received considerable support from the business community in Chicago including Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West initiative in their search for this headquarters. To read more about Eeroq’s announcment, click here to read the full article.

January 5, 2022 – News Brief
Strangeworks and Quantinuum Partner to Offer Quantum-Enhanced Cryptographic Keys within the Strangeworks Ecosystem
You might think it is ironic to find out a company named Strangeworks now has a product line offering random numbers to their users. But Strangeworks is indeed partnering with Quantinuum and offering access to Quantinuum’s Quantum Origin, a quantum-enhanced cryptographic keys service based on verifiable quantum randomness. A key feature of Quantum Origin is that all keys generated by the system are run through an assurance test on the key to make sure it is as unpredictable as possible before the key is sent back to the requestor. The keys can be used with current encryption algorithms such as RSA and AES used in most classical computer today and they are also usable with the new Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) keys being standardized in a selection process being run by NIST. Weak keys that an attacker can guess are a significant cause of cybersecurity issues and by using quantum technology to generate the keys that can be truly random and provide greater protection an organization that wants to keep their communications private. You can view more information about Quantum Origin in a white paper that you can see here. And you can view a news release provided by Strangeworks announcing the partnership with Quantinuum here.

January 4, 2022
French Government to Invest Over €70 Million ($79M USD) for Launch of a National Quantum Computing Platform
The €70 Million represents the first funding installment out of an overall funding goal of €170 million for a project to create a hybrid computing platform that will interconnect classical systems and quantum computers. This platform will be located at the Very Large Computing Center at CEA (TGCC) and will be supported by INRIA, the French National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology which focuses on computer science and applied mathematics. The platform will be made available toan international community of laboratories, startups and industrial companies. This effort is part of the overall French national strategy of quantum technologies that will invest €1.8 Billion ($2M USD) over a period from 2021-2025 with a goal of creating 16,000 quantum jobs by 2030. For more information about this investment and the French quantum computing strategy, you can read a news release provided by the French government here and a document that describes the overall French quantum computing strategy here. (Hint: Both of those documents are in French, but you can use Google Translate to translate them to English or any of the other languages it supports.)

January 3, 2022
Russian Scientists Create Quantum Device Using Qutrits and Ququarts
Russian scientists from the Russian Quantum Center and the P.N. Lebedev Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences are utilizing the phenomena of qutrits and ququarts to construct the equivalent of a four-qubit ion trap computer using only two physical ions. This is a step in their effort to provide cloud access to a universal quantum computer by the end of 2024. Click here for more.

December 31, 2021
Quantum Summer School Fellowships Available for Undergraduates at the Chicago Quantum Exchange and Los Alamos National Laboratory
Although there are many summer intern programs in quantum technology available for graduate students at various organizations there are far fewer summer internships that are open to undergraduate students. Here are two sponsored by the Chicago Quantum Exchange and the Los Alamos National Laboratory we are aware of that are now accepting applications for summer internships this summer. Click here for the full article.

December 30, 2021 – News Brief
Quantinuum Releases a New Quantum Processor with a Quantum Volume of 2048
Quantinuum (formerly Honeywell Quantum Solutions) has released a new quantum processor they call the H1-2. This machine is an upgrade of their previous H1-1 processor with two additional qubits and better gate and measurement fidelities. The H1-2 is very similar to the H1-1 as it uses the same ion-trap architecture, control system design, integrated optics, and photonics as its predecessor. But now the H1-2 has 12 operational qubits instead of the previous 10 qubits and has implemented minor upgrades to improve the fidelities and other aspects of the design. Many of these upgrades were also applied to the H1-1. These improvements allowed Quantinuum to perform a Quantum Volume test and obtain a measurement of 2048 using the test procedure specified by IBM. For more, you can view a press release provided by Quantinuum that you can find here.

December 27, 2021 – News Brief
Rigetti Will Receive an Additional $45 Million Investment as Part of Its SPAC Deal
The investment comes in the form of a PIPE (Private Investment, Public Entity) commitment where the investors will purchase equity in the proposed business combination between Rigetti and Supernova Partners Acquistion Company II in exchange for stock. It is almost the same as the $103 million PIPE investment that was announced at the time the SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company) deal was announced except that the price of these new shares will be at $10.25 each instead of $10.00 previously. The commitment was made by from Lansdowne Partners (UK) LLP and from an existing PIPE investor. When this investment is funds from the previous SPAC and the $345 million in Supernova cash held in trust, Rigetti will have approximately $440 million in cash after transaction costs after the merger is finalized to use for accelerating product development and expanding operations. You can view the news release provided by Supernova Partners Acquisition Company II here.

December 27, 2021 – News Brief
IQM Opens a New Subsidiary in France
The new office will be located in Paris and will be the fourth European office for IQM, joining other offices in Bilbao, Spain, Munich, German, and Espoo, Finland. The company has a unique co-design approach to develop quantum processors optimized for particular use cases. The Paris office will work with customers in the aviation, space, and cybersecurity industry for these solutions. The company will work with Atos as part of their Scaler program and provide additional focus on HPC integration and offer quantum accelerators to supercomputing centers worldwide. It will also give the company another source of talent and make it easier to recruit quantum scientists and engineers from French universities and other organizations. Details about this announcement can be found in a news release posted on the IQM website here.

December 23, 2021 – News Brief
German Government To Provide Funding for €44.5 Million ($50.3M USD) Ion Trap Computer Development
The project, called ATIQ, will receive most of its funding, €37.5 million. from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and will have a duration of 5 years starting on December 1, 2021. It will have 25 collaborators and will be organized by the Leibniz Universität Hannover. Additional partners including Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, University of Siegen, TU Braunschweig, RWTH Aachen, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft, the companies AMO GmbH, AKKA Industry Consulting GmbH, Black Semiconductor GmbH, eleQtron GmbH, FiberBridge Photonics GmbH, Infineon Technologies AG, JoS QUANTUM GmbH, LPKF Laser & Electronics AG, Parity Quantum Computing Germany GmbH, QUARTIQ GmbH, Qubig GmbH and TOPTICA Photonics AG. Associated partners are AQT Germany GmbH, Boehringer Ingelheim, Covestro AG, DLR-SI, Volkswagen AG and QUDORA Technologies GmbH. An initial goal for the next 30 months will be to have a 10-qubit ion trap demonstrator made in Germany that will be available for use 24/7. Follow-on activity will include research on scaling up the technology to support over 100 qubits. Additional information about this project is available in a news release on the website of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz that can be found here and also another news release issued by eleQtron and ParityQC that can be seen here.

December 22, 2021 – News Brief
Quix Quantum Sells a Photonic Processor to the Hungarian Quantum Information National Laboratory Initiative
Quix Quantum has sold another of their photonic processors to the Hungarian Quantum Information National Laboratory and the Faculties of Science and of Informatics at Eötvös Loránd University. This chip will be the first piece of quantum hardware in the Central and Eastern European region that will know about and will be used by the university for academic research into photonic quantum computing. Quix’ product is a 12-mode quantum photonic processor which they have also sold to other organizations including Paderborn UniversityQuandela, and Qontrol. You can view an announcement about the sale provided by Quix in a press release that has been posted on their website here.

December 21, 2021 – News Brief
Rigetti Releases Financial Highlights for First Nine Months of 2022
Rigetti Computing indicated that for the first nine months of 2021 ending October 31, 2021 they achieved $6.9 million in revenue with a net operating loss of ($26.2) million. The results showed a 68% increase in revenue and a 3% decrease in operating loss from the same period in 2020. It also compares favorably to a projection they provided in an Investor Presentation last October forecasting revenue of $7 million and an EBITDA of ($31) million for the full 12 months of 2021. Rigetti also recapped in their announcement a number of developments in the technical, industry collaboration, customer, customer application, and talent areas that we had previously reported on in these pages. Rigetti Computing previously announced plans merge with SPAC Supernova Partners Acquisition Company II to become a public company. We expect this trnsaction to be completed in early 2022. You can view Rigetti’s full announcement of their business update and nine-month 2021 financial highlights in a news release that you can see here.

December 20, 2021 – News Brief
Equal1 Wins €10 Million ($11.2M USD) In Grant/Equity Funding
Equal, a quantum hardware startup with headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, received the award from the European Innovation Council (EIC) to work on quantum-enhanced machine learning. The funds will be provided in a mixture of grants and equity investment. Equal1 was one of 99 companies based in 21 different countries that have received funding under the EIC program. Equal1 is a spinout of University College Dublin and has been developing a silicon-based qubit technology with a focus of applying it to ML applications. They previously had received €10 million ($11.6M USD) in venture investments with the latest round announced last October. For more, you can view a news release from Equal1 available on their website here and a more detailed description of the EIC funding program on their website here.

December 18, 2021 – News Brief
Pasqal, Thales, Paris Region and GENCI Partner to Explore Planning and Scheduling Applications on Pasqal’s Quantum Processor
Creating the optimum plan and schedule for activities such as logistics, air traffic control, industrial automation, resource allocation, disaster recovery assistance, etc. can get very complicated as the number of variables increases. At a certain point the computation becomes too difficult for a classical computer to perform optimally so the data analyst needs to resort to approximation methods which won’t provide the best possible answer. This is where quantum computing can help because it can potentially allow the computation of more complex, yet more accurate solutions for these problems. The three-year program will initially use Pasqal’s 100+ qubit processor and possible larger ones later on. These processors may be big enough to provide solutions to large problems that are beyond the capability of a classical processor. Thales is a French multi-billion, multi-national technology company and has potential applications that could benefit from this research. The project is funded by the PAck Quantique programme (PAQ), an initiative started in 2020 by Paris RegionGENCI and Le Lab Quantique with a goal of accelerating the development of the quantum industry in the Paris region. Additional information is available in a news release posted on the Pasqal website here.

December 18, 2021 – News Brief
QuTech and Fraunhofer to Collaborate on Development of a Pan-European Quantum Network
QuTech, a Dutch partnership between TU Delft and TNO, has signed a memorandum of understanding with German research organization Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to explore quantum communication infrastructures for cross-border quantum networks. One of the first projects will be to deploy a quantum key distribution (QKD) network across borders between hubs in Germany and The Netherlands. They will also continue their joint research on integrated quantum photonic devices needed in these networks. The two organizations had already been working together to develop a quantum frequency converter (QFC) as part of the ICON project. Additional information about the collaborations between QuTech and Fraunhofer is available in a news release posted on the QuTech website here.

December 17, 2021 – News Brief
Odyssey Therapeutics Acquires Rahko
Odyssey Therapeutics, a Boston based company developing next-generation precision medicines for patients with inflammatory diseases and cancer has acquired a majority stake in Rahko. The value of the transaction has not been made public. Odyssey is a new pharmaceutical startup that just received a Series A venture investment of $218 million earlier this month and apparently has put some of the money to immediate use with the Rahko acquisition. Rahko was founded in 2018 by computer science graduates from University College London (UCL) and has developed a software product called Hyrax which can provide faster and cheaper drug discovery. Their solution currently uses classical AI algorithms now, but they are planning to use quantum computing in the future once better performing quantum computing hardware becomes available. Odyssey Therapeutics, a Boston based company developing next-generation precision medicines for patients with inflammatory diseases and cancer has acquired a majority stake in Rahko. The value of the transaction has not been made public. Odyssey is a new pharmaceutical startup that just received a Series A venture investment of $218 million earlier this month and apparently has put some of the money to immediate use with the Rahko acquisition. Rahko was founded in 2018 by computer science graduates from University College London (UCL) and has developed a software product called Hyrax which can provide faster and cheaper drug discovery. Their solution currently uses classical AI algorithms now, but they are planning to use quantum computing in the future once better performing quantum computing hardware becomes available. A press release from Odyssey Therapeutics announcing the acquisition can be found here.

December 17, 2021 – News Brief
Multiverse Awarded €12.5 Million ($14.2M USD) in Funding from the European Innovation Council
The funding from the European Innovation Council is comprised of an equity investment of €10 million with and a grant of €2.5 million. It is the first award the council has made to a quantum software company. This follows a €10 Million ($11.5M USD) seed round that Multiverse received in October as well as the August release of their flagship Singularity software product. Multiverse is focused on providing software that can help provide solutions to various finance related problems including portfolio optimization, capital allocation, fraud detection and risk management. Multiverse will be using some of the funds to further develop its Monte Carlo asset valuation engine, as well as derivative evaluation capabilities and stress test tools for financial institutions and central banks. It will also use some of the funds to hire more staff and to expand to additional new vertical markets. The company is among the largest quantum software companies in Europe and currently has about 35 employees. For more about this funding, you can find a news release provided by Multiverse available here.

December 16, 2021
Who’s News – Management Additions at IonQ and ColdQuanta
IonQ and ColdQuanta have announced several new additions to fill out their management teams. Click here to find out what new position they have filled and who they have recruited for these positions.

December 15, 2021
Rigetti Announces 40 and 80 Qubit Processors and also Collaborations with Deloitte and Strangeworks to Explore Quantum Applications
We had reported last June that Rigetti was working on an 80-qubit processor utilizing multi-chip technology and they have just announced they are now starting to make it available for private beta through the Rigetti Quantum Cloud Services with anticipated general availability in Q1 2022. The 80-qubit processor, which they call Aspen-M, is constructed using two 40 qubit chips that are connected together. Rigetti described their technical approach to multi-chip implementations in an arXiv paper that you can see here. In addition, a processor that utilizes a single 40-qubit chip, which they call Aspen-11, has reached general availability and can now be accessed via the AWS Braket, Strangeworks Ecosystem and Rigetti’s Quantum Cloud Service. Related to this announcement, Rigetti disclosed that they are working with Deloitte and Strangeworks to explore potential applications in the areas of material simulation, optimization, and machine learning that can utilize this technology. Click here for the full article.

December 14, 2021
Quantware and SEEQC Partner to Integrate the Cryogenic Digital Control Logic onto the QPU Chip
Quantware, based in Delft, Netherlands, develops superconducting based qubit chips. Their latest product, called Soprano, is available now and can be delivered to customers either as a die or a fully packaged chip with a 30-day lead-time. SEEQC is a New York based company formed in 2019 as a spinoff of Hypres. They operate a state-of-the-art multi-layer superconducting chip fabrication facility and provide foundry services for superconducting devices. They possess a digital logic technology called SFQ (Single Flux Quantum) that can operate at the same ultra-cold cryogenic temperatures as the qubits. By combining the two companies’ technology together on the same chip they can solve the wiring problem inherent in today’s superconducting based systems. Click here for more.

December 12, 2021
U.S. QIS Budget Proposed to Grow 10.6% to $877 Million in FY2022
The Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council has proposed an FY 2022 total government budget for quantum technology of $877 million for fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022 – which runs from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022). This is an increase of about 10.6% from the estimated $793 million that was spent in FY 2021. Click here for the full article.

December 11, 2021
D-Wave Announces NEC as a Global Reseller, the QuickStart Program as an Accelerator for Developers, and PayPal as a Customer
NEC is an investor in D-Wave and had previously signed an agreement with work with D-Wave in December 2019.  But now they have broadened the collaborations and NEC will serve as a Global Reseller for D-Wave. NEX will gradually expand their consulting and professional services to the 38 countries where D-Wave’s Leap platform is available today. The arrangement will allow NEC’s customers to access Leap view the cloud, purchase seats in D-Wave’s training courses, and leverage the utility of hybrid workflows with NEC’s assistance. Quickstart is a new program with a goal of providing Python developers the skills and knowledge to start building and running quantum applications within one week. And they disclosed that they have been working with PayPal who is investingating the potential use of D-Wave’s quantum computer for certain financial applications such as fraud detection. For more details about these announcement, click here to view our full article.

December 11, 2021
Who’s News at Pasqal, Duality Accelerator, and the Quantum Strategy Institute
Pasqal has announced a new scientific advisor. The Duality Accelerator has created a new Technical Advisory Committee, and the Quantum Strategy Institute has established a new Board of Directors.  Click here to see who will be involved with each of these organizations.

December 11, 2021
Partnership Announcements: Pasqal/Nvidia, PsiQuantum/Qunasys/JSR, Rigetti/PlanQK, and Quantum-South/Universidad de Montevideo
Several partnership announcements of various types were made this week for joint research and development between quantum computing providers and potential users, researchers or other collaborators.  Click here for the details.

December 9, 2021 – News Brief
BMW and AWS Announce Winners to Their Quantum Computing Challenge
In July of this year, we wrote about a Quantum Computing Challenge issued by BMW and AWS. The purpose was to develop quantum algorithms for four specific industrial problems and to test them on real quantum computing technologies. About 70 companies submitted entries and these are the winners:
1. Sensor positions for automated driving functions: Accenture
2. Simulation of material deformations: Qu&Co
3. Configuration optimisation of pre-series vehicles: 1QBit and NTT
4. Automated quality analyses: QC Ware
BMW will continue to work with these winners as a customer so that the winners can continue development of these pilot projects. For more details, you can view a press release announcing these winners on the BMW website here and another press release that announcing the winners on the AWS website here.

December 8, 2021
IonQ Next Generation: Barium In, Ytterbium Out
Peter Chapman, CEO of IonQ, gave a sneak peek at the Q2B conference of a few characteristics of the next generation quantum computer they are developing for 2022. The significant change is that they are changing the fundamental material used to create the ions from Ytterbium to Barium. Click here for more.

December 8, 2021 – News Brief
ColdQuanta’s 100 Qubit Hilbert Computer Will Become Available through Strangework’s Backstage Pass Program
We had a detailed article describing ColdQuanta’s 100 qubit Hilbert cold atom based quantum computer last July and they have now announced that early beta access for it will be available through Strangework’s Backstage Pass program in Q1’2022. The Backstage Pass program provides early access to new machines to a select number of users. It will join IBM’s Eagle processor in what we are calling the “adolescent sized” quantum computers. These computers contain more qubits than could be simulated with a classical computer simulator. However, whether or not they could support real world quantum advantage applications is still not yet know because it will depend upon the quality level of the qubits and other factors. To see the announcement about the Hilbert joining the Backstage Pass program, you can read details in the press release here. You can view our write-up describing the Hilbert in our previous article here. To view our previous article about Strangework’s Backstage Pass program, you can view our article here. And to apply for the Backstage Program to access Hilbert, you can go to this page on the Strangeworks website.

December 7, 2021
Cambridge Quantum Introduces Quantum Origin, a Quantum Random Number Generation Service
Cambridge Quantum, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quantinuum has announced a cryptographic key generation platform that utilizes Quantinuum’s H-Series quantum computers, Powered by Honeywell. To receive a key an organization will access the H-series computing via an API, it will generate the key, run an assurance test on the key to make sure it is as unpredictable as possible, and sends it back to the requestor. The keys can be used with current encryption algorithms such as RSA and AES used in most classical computer today and they are also usable with the new Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) keys being standardized in a selection process being run by NIST. Click here for the full article.

December 6, 2021 – News Brief
Microsoft Azure to Add Rigetti as Another Hardware Provider
Rigetti computing announced that they will be integrating their quantum computer with the Microsoft Azure Cloud service making them the fourth company that will have a quantum computer accessible through Microsoft Azure. They will join IonQ, Honeywell (now Quantinuum), and Quantum Circuits Inc. (QCI). IonQ and Honeywell’s machines are based on ion trap technology while QCI and Rigetti’s use superconducting qubits. Although Rigetti declined to say which of their machines would be available on Microsoft Azure, they did indicate that it will be the largest quantum computer accessible, and that integration will be complete and the machine available to users in the first quarter of 2022. Rigetti also has a partnership with Amazon AWS and their machine is also available on that cloud service as well as Rigetti’s own cloud service. You can view Rigetti’s press release announcing this development here and a blog post from Microsoft here.

December 2, 2021
Innovative European Open Master’s Degree in Quantum Technology is Launching
The Quantum Technology Open Master (QTOM) (LINK: https://qtom.qtedu.eu/ ) project provides opportunities for European master’s degree students to assemble their quantum technology education, with support from over 30 top academic institutions across Europe and around the world. QTOM is a pilot project of the EU Quantum Flagship (LINK: https://qt.eu/) that coordinates an expansive portfolio of learning opportunities, remote courses, and research projects for bona fide graduate-level ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit. The official launch of the project to the public is scheduled for Monday December 6, 2021, at 16:00 CET / 10:00 US/Eastern.  All interested parties are invited to attend. Visit https://qtom.qtedu.eu/launch-event/ for online event details and registration link. Click here to see more informaiton about this program.

December 1, 2021 – News Brief
Classiq To Collaborate with NTT DATA to Implement Algorithms for Credit Risk Analysis
NTT DATA is part of the NTT group of companies and is one of the leading providers of IT and business services in over 50 countries worldwide. They will be working with Classiq to utilize Classiq’s software for credit risk analysis. Credit risk analysis is a very important function within financial institutions. It can also be very complex. These algorithms will look at a wide variety of factors involved in a lending situation and help determine the risk involved that may arise from a borrower defaulting on the loan or other factors. This data will help the lender make a decision on whether or not to approve the loan. In classical computing this is often accomplished using a Monte Carlo algorithm which can be quite compute intensive. The Classiq software will allow a user to specify the algorithm with a high-level functional model and then use the software to translate it into optimized, low-level gate based models that can be targeted for a variety of quantum hardware platforms which in the future will be able to provide either a more accurate or a faster result to the potential lender. You can view Classiq’s announcement that it is working with NTT DATA in a post located on their website which you can see here.

December 1, 2021 – News Brief
European Consortium Starts a High-Performance Computer and Quantum Simulator Hybrid” (HPCQS) Project with €12 Million ($13.6M USD) in Funding
The HPCQS project sets out to integrate two quantum simulators, each controlling about 100+ qubits with classical supercomputers located at the Joliot Curie of GENCI, operated at CEA/TGCC, and the JUWELS modular supercomputer at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre. The project started on December 1, 2021, will last for four years, and has a €12 million budget. The software simulators involved include the Atos Quantum Learning Machine (QLM) and ParTec’s Parastation Modulo. Another quantum company involved will be ParityQC which will develop connections from the proposed middleware to ParityOS, as well as exploring potential use cases. Additional participants will include various organizations from the academia, research, technology, and industry sectors. More information about this project can be found on the HPCQS website at https://www.hpcqs.eu/.

December 1, 2021 – News Brief
SpeQtral Receives $8.3 Million USD in Venture Funding
SpeQtral is a Singapore based startup developing commercial space-based QKD founded on technology developed at the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at the National University of Singapore. Among other projects they have a collaboration with Toshiba to power quantum-secure communication solutions in Southeast Asia. They have just announced they have closed an $8.3 million USD funding round led by Xora Innovation with additional participation from TIS Ventures.  The funds will be used to expand SpeQtral’s regional and international presence, establish strategic business partnerships, hire top talent, support the commercial rollout of terrestrial systems, and further develop its satellite-based systems. For more about this announcement you can view a news release they have posted on their web site.

December 1, 2021 – News Brief
Xanadu Selects VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland as One of their Manufacturing Partners
One of the most strategic decisions a quantum hardware company can make is how they plan to manufacture their chips. Some companies, such as Rigetti, have decided to construct their own fabrication facility in order to obtain the best possible control and fabrication turn-around time. While others, including D-Wave, PsiQuantum, and others are utilizing semiconductor foundries to build their chips. Xanadu has decided to take the latter approach, but it appears they will be using multiple vendors for different parts of their system. In August, they announced they will partner with imec in Belgium to fabricate the chips that contain the photonic qubits based on imec’s ultra-low loss silicon nitride (SiN) waveguides. But to complete the design, they also need sensitive photon detectors to count the qubits when they come out at the end of the silicon nitride waveguide chips. For this, they have selected the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland as their vendor. VTT will be using a superconducting photon detector technology to build these devices for Xanadu which Xanadu will use in their development of a fault tolerant quantum computer. You can view VTT’s announcement that they have been selected as a vendor to Xanadu in a news release available on their website here.

November 30, 2021
New Quantum Intermediate Representation Alliance Formed
 The Linux Foundation has just announced they are forming a QIR Alliance (Quantum Intermediate Representation Alliance) that will work to establish an intermediate representation for quantum circuits with the goal to facilitate interoperability within the quantum ecosystem and provide a representation suitable for current and future heterogenous quantum processors. The Quantum Intermedia Representation will be built on top of the LLVM intermediate language standard used in the classical computing. Founding members of the QIR Alliance include Honeywell, Microsoft, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Quantum Circuits Inc. and Rigetti Computing. Click here to read more about the background and our full analysis of this development.

November 30, 2021 – News Brief
Q-CTRL Receives $25 Million (USD) Series B Financing
The round was led by Airbus Ventures with additional participation from Ridgeline Partners, Main Sequence Ventures, Horizons Ventures, Square Peg Capital, Sierra Ventures, DCVC, Sequoia Capital China and In-Q-Tel. Besides Q-CTRL’s work in developing control software for quantum computing, Airbus has been particularly interested in Q-CTRL’s recent work in quantum sensing. Dr. Lewis Pinault, Airbus Ventures Partner based in Tokyo said “At Airbus Ventures, we’re particularly excited about Q-CTRL’s widening span of advanced applications and solutions, including lunar development, geospatial intelligence, and Earth observation, all increasingly critical in the global effort to address the accelerating planetary system crises we now face.” Q-CTRL is also developing a new data-as-a-service market powered by quantum sensing for acceleration, gravity, and magnetic fields. They have also recently introduced a product called Black Opal which is an interactive quantum technology education program. More information about this Series B funding is available in a blog post on the Q-CTRL website which can be see here.

November 30, 2021
AWS Introduces Amazon Braket Hybrid Jobs and also the Upcoming Addition of QuEra and Oxford Quantum Circuits as Hardware Providers to the Braket Service
At Amazon’s re:Invent conference they announced the Amazon Braket Hybrid Jobs capability that will automate the management and configuration of hybrid processing jobs that require a classical and quantum computer to iteratively work together to solve a problem. These type of hybrid approaches are used in common quantum algorithms such as QAOA and VQE and this capability can significantly simplify the work of an end user as well as improve the overall program run time. They also announced that QuEra and Oxford Quantum Circuits will be added as hardware providers in the near future. View our full article reporting on these developments here.

November 30, 2021
Honeywell Quantum Solutions and Cambridge Quantum Close Merger; New Company Called Quantinuum
We reported last June about the plans for Honeywell Corporation spin off its Honeywell Quantum Solutions division and have it merge with Cambridge Quantum to form a new independent private company. (See our previous articles here and here.) They have gotten through all the necessary government and other approvals and have officially started their life together under the name of Quantinuum. The company will be the largest independent quantum company with a staff of 400 people of which 300 are technical.  Click here to read our full article about this merger.

November 30, 2021
VTT’s Five Qubit Quantum Computer is Now Operational
We reported last year that VTT had selected IQM to provide the country’s first quantum computer. The program has started with a five qubit machine which is now in operation at located at Micronova, a national research infrastructure for micro and nanotechnology jointly run by VTT and Aalto University. Click here for more.

November 29, 2021 – News Brief
Sydney’s Tech Central Adds a New Quantum Terminal and Signs Up Its First Three Quantum Tenants
Tech Central is an effort by the New South Wales (NSW), Australia government to provide innovative tech companies to centralize and find affordable office space for scaling up. One goal will be to encourage collaboration between related companies and foster a culture of sharing ideas and resources. It will include a Scaleup Hub with 8,000 square meters (about 86,000 square feet) of space for these companies to locate and expand. The Scaleup Hub is slated to be in operation by July 2022. They also provide funding of up to $600,000 AUD ($427K USD) per company to fit-out the space and customize areas for their particular use. They have announced that the first three Quantum organizations to locate in the new Quantum Terminal will be Q-Ctrl, Sydney Quantum Academy and Quantum Brilliance. For more about Tech Central’s Quantum Terminal and its first three new quantum tenants, you can view a news release provided by the NSW government and available on their website here.

November 27, 2021 – News Brief
NIST Issues RFI Asking for Input on Quantum Computing Trends & Risks for a Congressional Study
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking information about the public and private sector marketplace trends, supply chain risks, legislative, policy, and the future investment needs of eight emerging technology areas, including quantum computing. The goal will be to gather ideas from people both in the industry and the general public of ways that can foster economic growth and competitiveness across the Nation that benefit all citizens. Information that the government seeks includes material related to the relevant marketplaces; supply chains; legislative, policy and standards needs; and strategic public-private partnerships to enhance adoption. This will help the government identify, understand, refine, and guide the development of the current and future state of technology in quantum computing and the other seven emerging technology areas. The deadline for responding to the RFI (Request for Information) is January 31, 2022 and the full RFI has been posted on the Federal Register website here.

November 25, 2021
Zurich Instruments Unveils a New Qubit Controller for Superconducting Qubits
Zurich Instruments new product, called the SHFQC, provides both qubit control and readout in one unit for up to 6 qubits. It combines the capabilities of their SHFSG Signal Generator for generating microwave pulses and their SHFQA Quantum Analyzer for readout into one box. It is specifically well suited for researchers who are working with small systems, but want to have control electronics that is compact, quick to set up and intuitive to operate. Read the full article here.

November 24, 2021
U.S. Imposes a Blacklist on Chinese Organizations Working in Quantum for Military End Use
The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) managed by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce calls for the maintenance of an Entity List. The list identifies entities that have been involved, are involved, or pose a significant risk of being or becoming involved in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. In particular, this include entities that are involved in developing technology that have a military end use (MEU) including such areas as artificial intelligence, advanced semiconductors, quantum computing, and others. Special export controls are imposed on organizations on this list and for the most part, it makes it impossible for these companies to purchase components or do business with U.S. companies. Eight organizations were identified as being involved with quantum technology and added to the list including the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, QuantumCTek Co., and Shanghai QuantumCTek Co., Ltd. for their efforts to acquire and attempt to acquire U.S.-origin items in support of military applications. Click here for more.

November 24, 2021 – News Brief
Dell Partners with IonQ to Test Hybrid Classical-Quantum Solutions
We wrote last September about Dell’s first step in quantum computing to test a solution that integrates their Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd with IBM Qiskit quantum emulator. They have now taken a second step to test how their server can be integrated with both IonQ’s quantum simulator (also called a vQPU or virtual Quantum Processing Unit) as well as IonQ’s real ion trap quantum computer. Although the title of their blog post mentions the term “on-premise” this is only true when using a configuration that uses the vGPU. When interfacing with a IonQ’s real QPU in Maryland, that machine will still be remote. However, that may still provide some performance advantage because this Dell solution allows one to bypass IonQ’s normal job-queues and directly submit one’s program to IonQ’s remote QPU for execution. We should mention that IonQ’s roadmap calls for development of a rackmount version of their machine in 2023 and this would make it more amenable to develop a full on-premise installation. Perhaps another factor that Dell considered when deciding to partner with IonQ is the fact that IBM sells its own classical servers that compete with the PowerEdge R740xd, while IonQ does not. For more on Dell’s announcement that it is partnership with IonQ, you can view a blog post on the Dell Technology website that you can view here.

November 23, 2021 – News Brief
QuTech Introduces a Quantum Network Explorer
QuTech, a Dutch organization that is a collaboration between the TU Delft and TNO, has introduced a web site where users can simulate various aspects of a quantum internet. At this time, the simulations are performed on a classical computer but it is conceivable that this web site might allow allow users to try experience on real quantum communications hardware sometime in the future. The web site provides graphical animations of various quantum communications operations. There are currently three pre-configured applications available for beginners which include a Distributed CNOT, State Teleportation (also known as Quantum Teleportation), and Quantum Key Distribution (QKD). The website also includes an Application Development Kit for Quantum Network Explorer (QNE-ADK) for researchers who want to build their own experiments. To learn more about the Quantum Network Explorer, you can visit their web site to try out the sample applications, read the documentation, or get instructions on how to install the QNE-ADK software.

November 21, 2021 – News Brief
Northrup Grumman to Provide Virgina Tech with $12.5 Million for Quantum Research and Education
The funding will allow Virgina Tech to create a new Center of Quantum Architecture and Software Development on the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus. It will supplement another $15.8 million in funding that was already planned by the Virgina Tech Innovation Campus. This support will be used to establish an endowed faculty position at the center, endow five to ten graduate fellowships, help connect Northrup Grumman experts with Virgina Tech faculty, create pathway programs to engage K-12 students, and support master of engineering projects in computer science and computer engineering. Construction of the innovation campus broke ground in Alexandria, Virginia in September 2020 and is expected to be ready by 2024. For more about this grant from Northrup Grumman, you can view a news release on the Virginia Tech website here.

November 20, 2021
Who’s News – New Additions at PQShield, Riverlane and Quantum Machines
PQShield a UK cybersecurity company specializing in post-quantum cryptography has added Michael Vroobel as VP of Operations and Alan Grau as VP Business Development. Vroobel has had prior experience at fintech startups TrueLayer and MarketFinance. Riverlane has appointed of Cory Vander Jagt as Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances. He was previously the Director of Strategic Alliances at GitHub which was acquired by Microsoft in 2018. And Quantum Machines has announced that Max Schireson has joined the company’s Board of Directors. Read our full article here which provides additional information about these new management appointments.

November 19, 2021
Australia Signs Quantum Cooperation Agreement with the U.S, Commits to Invest A$111 million ($80 million USD) in Quantum, and Use Quantum Tech to Help Run the NSW Transit System
A trio of separate announcements involving quantum technology from different branches of the Australian government has been released in the last couple of weeks. The first was an announcement from the New South Wales (NSW) Transport Minister, Rob Stokes, that they plan to build a Centre of Quantum Technology with a mission to help run Sydney’s vast transport network. The second announcement was from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that the country will invest in nine critical technology with quantum computing being allocated funding of A$111 million over ten years to commercialize Australia’s quantum research and help businesses find markets and investors. And the third announcement is a statement of intent has been signed between the United States and Australia to cooperate on quantum technology. Click here for our article that covers each of these announcements.

November 19, 2021 – News Brief
Qunnect Sells the World’s First Commercial Quantum Memory
Quantum memories are devices that store and release entangled photon qubits. They are a key component for creating quantum repeaters that would allow quantum communications over long distances and enable a quantum internet and there are many research activities around the world to develop this technology. Qunnect, located in Brooklyn, New York, is a spinout from research originally performed at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York to commercialize this and other components needed quantum communication. The quantum memory device is based upon a technology called Electromagnetically Induced Transparency (EIT) and has a unique feature that it operates at room temperature, unlike other approaches. It achieves fidelities above 95%. The have sold their first device to Brookhaven National Laboratory which will be using it for implementation of a quantum communications demonstration network. Additional information about this device along with a video that explains how the device operates can be seen in a news release that you can find here.

November 18, 2021
Classiq Introduces a New Version of their Software that Allows Users to Integrate their Own Functional Models
Classiq is an Israeli based quantum software company provides software that automatically transforms high-level functional models into optimized quantum circuits for a wide range of back-end systems. Previously, algorithms designers could only use the built-in functions in the software that were provided by Classiq, but this new release allows a designer to integrate their own new functional block with the rest of the software. This new capability allow users include their own unique intellectual property (IP) and custom functional models. Click here for the full article.

November 18, 2021
Bluefors Introduces a New Generation of Cryogenic Platform
Bluefors has introduced a new cryogenic platform that they call KIDE (meaning snow crystal in Finnish). This platform provides more cooling capability for larger chips. It also provide more flexibility. As shown in the picture three of the hexagonal shaped units can be connected together for possible use in creating a three-way quantum computing cluster. IBM has announced it will be using this platform for its forthcoming IBM Quantum System Two series of machines. You can view the Bluefors news release announcing this platform here and a short video that provides additional views of it here.

November 18, 2021
QuEra Announces a 256 Qubit Quantum Simulator and Raises $17 Million in Funding
QuEra will be commercializing a neutral atom based 256 qubit quantum simulator originally developed at the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms and will make it publicly available soon. They also announced raising $17 million in venture funding from Rakuten, Day One Ventures, Frontiers Capital and leading tech investors Serguei Beloussov, Paul Maritz, and others. Click here for our full article with additional details.

November 16, 2021
IBM’s Seven Announcements at the IBM Quantum Summit
IBM held their annual IBM Quantum Summit today and made seven significant announcements about the status and plans for their quantum computing activities. Although there was a lot of press hype about the 127 qubit Eagle processor, many of the other announcements were ignored and some may even be more significant than the Eagle itself. Click here to see our report on what they announced.

November 16, 2021 – News Brief
Quandela Receives €15 Million ($17M USD) in Funding
Quandela is a French quantum hardware startup that is planning on offering an online photonic based quantum computer in 2022. They were founded in 2017 as a spinoff of the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at CNRS. A key product for Quandela is the Prometheus, a photonic qubit generator with broad applications in quantum computing, quantum cryptography and quantum sensors. They also offer quantum photonic components to companies and research centers around the world. Omnes was the lead investor in this round with additional participation from Quantonation and the Defence Innovation Fund managed by Bpifrance. More details about this funding are available in a news release posted on the Quantonation website that you can find here.

November 16, 2021
IonQ Releases Third Quarter Financial Results

Although quarterly results at this stage aren’t very meaningful for understanding the long term prospects for the company. Now that they are a public company, they do need to go through this. For the quarter, IonQ achieved Q3 revenue of $234 thousand which is a 150% increase over the Q2 revenue of $93 thousand. But expenses went up a lot with Q3 R&D expense at $6.18 million versus $5.47 million in Q2. Sales and Marking costs were at $1.28 million versus $871 thousand in Q2 although General & Administrative costs were $6.7 million including one-time offering costs of $4.2 million versus $2.9 million in Q2. The Net Loss in Q3 was $14.7 million versus a loss in Q2 of $9.9 million in Q3. In addition, they announced expected bookings by year end to total $15.7 million to $15.9 million and ended the quarter with $587 million in cash. Click here to view the full article.

November 15, 2021 – News Brief
IQM Quantum Computer Selected for Integration as an Accelerator for an HPC System in Germany’s Q-Exa Project
The IQM superconducting quantum computer will be integrated within a high performance computing (HPC) installation at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) near Munich. Other partners in this activity include Atos, Europe’s leading HPC company, and HQS, a quantum software startup company. Q-Exa is a €45.3 million ($51M USD) consortium project with major funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that will research making quantum acceleration of HPC applications a reality. More about the Q-Exa project and integration of IQM’s quantum computing can be found in a news release available here.

November 15, 2021 – News Brief
QED-C Will Start Accepting Memberships from non-U.S. Corporations
The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), a consortium established in 2018 by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of stakeholders that aims to enable and grow the quantum industry has announced that it will start accepting Tier-2 memberships from non-U.S. corporations located in certain countries approved by the QED-C steering committee. The list of countries currently includes  Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the UK with more expected to be approved in the future. More information about membership in QED-C can be found on their Membership webpage here.

November 14, 2021 – News Brief
Agnostiq Chooses Xanadu’s Pennylane as a Base for Software that Addresses Financial Problems
Agnostiq, a Canadian quantum software startup, will build software that solves various financial problems on top of Xanadu’s Pennylane. The Pennylane software is a quantum machine learning library that supports a very wide variety of the different hardware platforms that are currently available. By leveraging this software Agnostiq will be able to accelerate the availability of its solutions since it can concentrate its resources more on the end applications rather than the fundamental algorithms that are common with quantum machine learning and variational quantum computing. In addition, it provides more flexibility for Agnostiq’s customers in choosing which hardware backend to use due to the wide hardware support built into Pennylane. Additional information about this activity can be found in a press release issued by Xanadu that’s available here.

November 13, 2021 – News Brief
Amazon AWS and CINECA Will Collaborate on a Series of Quantum Computing Research Initiatives
CINECA is a non-profit consortium based in Bologna, Italy that is made up of 70 Italian universities, eight research institutions and the Italian Ministry of Higher Education. It hosts the  the most powerful supercomputing center for scientific research in Italy and its mission is to support the Italian scientific community through supercomputing and scientific visualization tools. Amazon AWS will work with them by supporting CINECA identified projects with AWS Cloud Credits for Research that provides credits for free time on the AWS cloud services. They will also jointly host a series of workshops to deepen the quantum expertise of the HPC research community. And Amazon will join a CINECA steering committee along with other quantum computing experts to represent the quantum computing research community in Italy and help identify cutting-edge quantum computing research projects that can leverage Amazon’s Braket quantum cloud services. More information about this collaboration can be found in a blog that has been posted on the Amazon AWS Braket website.

November 12, 2021 – News Brief
Classiq Joins the Fraunhofer Led Sequoia Project Which Focuses on Industrial Hybrid Quantum Applications and Algorithms
Classiq, an Israeli quantum software startup company, has joined the Sequoia project which will focus on software engineering of industrial, hybrid quantum applications and algorithms. The project is coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO with additional partners including Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF, Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, University of Tübingen, Chair of Embedded Systems, FZI Research Center for Information Technology, University of Stuttgart, High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart, and the University of Stuttgart, Institute of Architecture of Application Systems (IAAS). The project is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism Baden-Württemberg and will last from 2021 to 2023. Classiq will be working on two main problems within this project including solving mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) problems with state-of-the art (gate-based) quantum computers and solving coupled partial differential equations with the Harrow Hassidim Lloyd (HHL) quantum algorithm. You can view Classiq’s announcement that they have joined this project in a press release available here.

November 12, 2021 – News Brief
IQM Opens a Dedicated Fab Facility in Finland
IQM, a superconducting quantum processor startup headquartered in Espoo, Finland, has opened a dedicated fabrication facility in Espoo, Finland. The facilities size is 560 square meters (about 4000 square feet) and will cost about € 20 million ($22.9M USD). The pilot line at this facility will be ramped-up over the coming months, and it is expected to reach maximum production capacity during 2022. The company has received €71 million in funding to date and has also received a contract from VTT in Finland to build the country’s first commercial 54 qubit quantum processor. They are also implementing a unique strategy of creating application specific quantum processor that would be optimized for specific types of algorithms with help from their offices in Spain and Germany. Additional information about IQM’s announcement of the facility opening can be viewed in a press release available here and a video of the opening ceremony which can be seen here.

November 11, 2021 – News Brief
The Advanced Quantum Testbed at the Berkeley Lab Releases an Open Source Control Electronics Design for Superconducting Processors
One of the most critical subsystems in a superconducting quantum computer is the portion of the machine that contains the control electronics. These electronics generate the microwave pulses that are used to control the qubits to implement the various gates needed to run a quantum program. Up until now, an engineer developing a quantum processor would need to chose from purchasing commercial control electronics from one of the companies specializing in these products or designing their own from scratch. Now the Advanced Quantum Testbed (AQT) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has designed key low-noise RF mixing modules that can be used by anyone with an open source design that can be downloaded from GitLab. RF mixers convert the frequency of an incoming signal to either a higher or a lower frequency depending upon the use. By providing an open source option, a team using this for their quantum computer design could potentially save time or money or both. The team’s approach was to develop small interactive mixing modules that can be configured in a modular fashion for a specific application. Although this initial design has focused on providing the controls for superconducting qubits, this technology has expansion potential for use in controlling other types of qubits. Additional information about this design can be seen in a news release provided by AQT here as well as the GitLab pages where one can access the design here.

November 11, 2021 – News Brief
Multiverse Partners with IonQ to Offer their Financial Software on the IonQ Platform

We described last August Multiverse’s Singularity quantum software solution for financial applications. This software can enable financial institutions to model real-life financial problems such as Fair Price calculations, portfolio creation and optimization, ETF replication, risk valuation, and many other simulations with speed and accuracy. One thing that is highly significant about this software is that it can take input in the form of an Excel spreadsheet and then automatically translate that problem statement into a program that can run be on a quantum computer. This makes it significantly easier for a user to start access the power of a quantum computer. IonQ has now announced that it has integrated support for IonQ’s ion trap computer into Singularity. So Singularity will be able to automatically push your data directly to the IonQ’s quantum computer and will not require going though a cloud service provider like Amazon, Microsoft, or Google to access the machine. Multiverse indicates that IonQ is now a preferred quantum compute partner for their Singularity platform. Additional information about Multiverse’s partnership with IonQ is available in a press release here and additional information about Singularity is available on a page located on Multiverse’s website here.

November 10, 2021 – News Brief
Quantum Algorithms Institute and Mitacs Announce a Funded Internship Program
The Quantum Algorithms Institute is a non-profit organization was founded in 2019 with a mission to grow the applied quantum computing ecosystem in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada. Mitacs is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 20 years. Together the two have established a program to provide university students with ten internships that pay up to $40,000 (CAD) per year for a period of eight months for quantum computing research in a variety of application areas or to design new algorithms. The proposals for an internship must include the participation of one QAI industry member such as Microsoft, IBM, AWS, D-Wave, or 1QBit and one B.C. post-secondary institution. A student must be based in British Columbia but they can partner with another student from an approved university anywhere in the world. The interns will be expected to present their research findings after the completion of their internship. The deadline to apply for this program is January 31, 2022. For more information about this program, you can view a news release from the Quantum Algorithms Institute here and also detailed rules that are available in a Call for Proposal document here.

November 10, 2021
Your Chance to Help the EdQuantum Project Develop a Curriculum for Training Quantum Technicians
One of the common themes we are hearing at every quantum conference these days is the criticality of developing a quantum workforce so that we get the most advantage out of quantum technology as soon as we can. Although a number of good training programs have been started, one area that hasn’t received as much attention is the development two-year programs for quantum technicians who could potentially perform many of the activities that would have to be otherwise need to be done by individuals with full undergraduate or graduate level degrees. Appropriately utilizing these quantum technicians could significantly expand the availability of human resources that are needed to build, deploy and use quantum technology. Recognizing this, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided a grant to the Indian River State College to create the EdQuantum program for training quantum technicians.  The first steps for this program is to take an industry survey from industry of those skills they consider important for a quantum technician role. For more information about this survey and how you can participate and provide you inputs, click here to find out more.

November 10, 2021 – News Brief
Q-CTRL Introduces Black Opal, an Interactive, Online Quantum Learning Platform for Beginners
Black Opal uses visualization, interactivity and animation targeted for technology professionals, STEM-enthusiast teenagers, science fans, and self-learners and other beginners who want to learn more about quantum computing without requiring any pre-requisites. “Black Opal helps anyone go from zero knowledge to programming real quantum computers without facing the barriers of formal coursework,” said Q-CTRL Founder and CEO Professor Michael J. Biercuk. “It supports students and professionals seeking careers in the quantum industry, and provides insight to the most curious enthusiasts from real research leaders in the field. There’s no better way to learn quantum computing from actual experts.” In order to incentivize users to try it out, Q-CTRL is holding a Black Friday sale (a first for the quantum industry!). They are offering a 12 month subscription plus four months beta access for a special price of $50, a discount from the normal price of $180 for sign-ups entered between November 19-29, 2021. Additional information about Black Opal and the Black Friday sale can be found in a news release provided by Q-CTRL that you can find here. To get a subscription and to view a short video demonstration of it, you can visit a page on the Q-CTRL website here.

November 10, 2021 – News Brief
ORCA Computing will Lead a Team for a £9 Million ($12M USD) Quantum Data Centre of the Future Project
ORCA Computing will be leading the project to research how quantum computing can integrate with the data centers that currently underpin and drive the digital economy. Other participating organizations in the project include BPBTDigital CatapultImperial College LondonNational Composites CentreNCC Group Security ServicesPQShieldKETS Quantum SecurityRiverlaneUniversity College LondonUniversity of BathUniversity of Bristol, and the University of Southampton. The project will be using quantum-safe communications solutions including  Quantum Random Number generation, Quantum Key Distribution and Post-Quantum Cryptography so that users can access data and computing resources remotely in a way that is secured against both conventional and quantum computing attacks. This award was part of twelve different quantum projects announced recently as part of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP) for a total of  £50 million ($67M USD). For additional information about the Quantum Data Centre project, you can view a news release posted on the KETS website here and for additional information about the other NQTP awards you can see a news release on the UK Research and Innovation website here.

November 9, 2021
Classical Computing Strikes Back; Simulation Advances from NVIDIA and China
One thing not fully understood is that significant innovation is still occurring in classical computing and those trying to demonstrate a quantum advantage over a classical solution will find that the competitive bar is continually being raised. Some will say that classical computing is slowing down because Moore’s Law improvements are becoming harder to come by, but that is too simplistic. There is still much classical computing innovation still occurring in new architectures, new algorithms, and development of quantum-inspired solutions. Two recent announcements from GPU manufacturer NVIDIA and a research group in China show some significant advances in the classical simulation of quantum algorithms that may make these approaches much more attractive for use in real world problems. Click here for more.

November 8, 2021 – News Brief
Three New Corporate Partners Join the Chicago Quantum Exchange
ClassiqLake Shore Cryotronics, and Oxford Instruments have joined the Chicago Quantum Exchange as corporate partners. These companies provide software, processes, tools, and instruments that can be utilized for the quantum research being performed by member organizations of the Chicago Quantum Exchange and to help train future quantum scientists and engineers. Additional information is available in a news release posted on the Chicago Quantum Exchange website that can viewed here.

November 7, 2021 – News Brief
Delft Circuits and kiutra Team to Provide Cooling and Connections

Two of the larger mechanical engineering challenges in creating a quantum computer is to provide an efficient way of provide the low temperature cooling needed while routing all the cables down to the chip that contains the qubits. Now Delft Circuits and kiutra have gotten together to provide a fully integrated, turnkey cooling platform in a project named “SPROUT”. The project is funded by a European program called “Eurostars” with support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. For more about this program, you can view a press release posted on the kiutra website that you can see here.

November 6, 2021
Q-CTRL Quantifies the Benefit of Their Qubit Control Software using the QED-C Application Benchmarks
Q-CTRL has long claimed that their qubit control software can provide improve gate fidelities and now has supplied data that can show how well it works. They have used the QED-C application benchmarks that we reported on earlier this month, and re-ran some of the tests on a few IBM superconducting quantum computers to show improved results. They used their upcoming Fire Opal toolset which will provide optimized control pulses to implement the gates on the IBM Lagos quantum computer which has seven qubits and a quantum volume of 32. This results in superior implementation of the gates with higher gate fidelities than can be achieved with the unmodified standard gates. They achieved an improved result fidelity of about 1.6X for the Grover’s Search algorithm, about 12X for the Quantum Fourier Transform and about 27X for the Bernstein-Vazirani algorithm. Click here for the full article.

November 6, 2021 – News Brief
Quantum Motion Led Consortium Receives £5.7 Million ($7.7M USD) for Cryogenic Chip Development
The three year program, named Altnaharra, is funded by the UKRI’s National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP). Additional participants in the project include the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Oxford Instruments, Oxford Ionics, and the University of Glasgow. The chip being developed will use CMOS technology and provide for integrated control and readout of qubits at low temperatures. The chip will be usable with several different qubit technologies. Additional information about this grant can be found in a news release available on the Quantum Motion website here.

November 5, 2021 – News Brief
Oxford Quantum Circuits and the UK’s National Quantum Computing Centre Sign an MOU to Work Together and Enable the Pathway to Quantum Readiness in the UK
The companies will work together to utilize Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) recently established Quantum Computing as-a-Service (QCaas) and leverage the National Quantum Computing Centre’s (NQCC) reach to provide a lead on sector-based engagement. This will help boost access to quantum computing resources for UK-based users in the future and drive adoption of the technology. The organizations will identify potential users and showcase the capabilities of UK technologies and expertise, through access to OQC’s quantum computing platforms. It will also help ensure data onshoring for critical applications. For more details about this, you can view a press release provided by NQCC and available here.

November 5, 2021
SEEQC UK Announces Three New Project Awards by Innovate UK’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF)
The first is a  £6.85 million ($9.25M USD) grant from Innovate UK to build a commercially scalable application-specific quantum computer designed to tackle prohibitively high costs within pharmaceutical drug development. The second project is a £6.8 million ($9.1M USD) initiative led by Riverlane, to develop advanced quantum calibration methods that utilize machine learning and support the integration of SEEQC’s unique superconducting classical logic platform with cryoCMOS components to support deep memory. And the third project is a £6.5 million ($8.77M USD) initiative led by sureCore, will also support the integration of SEEQC’s unique superconducting classical logic platform with cryoCMOS components, combining the optimal features of each component in support of the company’s platform development. For more, you can view our full article by clicking here.

November 5, 2021
Two Consortiums with Universal Quantum Win Awards for £7.5 Million ($10.1M USD) and £6.5 Million ($8.7M USD) from the U.K. Government
In consecutive days this week, Universal Quantum announced that it is participating in two different consortium projects that have won sizable awards. The first consortium is led by Universal Quantum and includes a £7.5 million grant from from Innovate UK’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to build an error-corrected quantum computer that can be applied to help solve high-impact problems in the aerospace industry. The second consortium will be led by by sureCore with a goal to develop advanced cryogenic semiconductor IP and be funded with £6.5 Million from Innovate UK’s £36M ISCF project. Click here for the full article.

November 5, 2021 – News Brief
Who’s News – Denise Ruffner, Justin Ging Join Atom Computing; Jake Taylor Joins Riverlane
Denise Ruffner will serve as the Chief Business Officer for Atom Computing with responsibilities for leading customer, partner and sales strategy. She previously was the Vice-President of Business Development at IonQ and has additional quantum experience gained from her previous roles at Cambridge Quantum and IBM. Justin Ging will be the Chief Product Officer at Atom Computing. Previously, he was the Chief Commercial Officer at Honeywell Quantum Solutions with other experience at Samsung and Aptina Imaging. Riverlane has appointed Dr. Jake Taylor as Chief Science Officer. Dr. Taylor was the assistant director for quantum information science at the White House from 2017 to 2020, and help lead the creation of the US National Quantum Initiative. Part of his responsibilities at Riverlane include helping them establish a larger U.S. presence by assisting in the hiring of engineers and researchers in the Boston area. You can view the news releases announcing these new management appointments at Atom Computing here and at Riverlane here.

November 5, 2021 – News Brief
Rigetti, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and University of Southern California Awarded a $3.1 Million Contract for Quantum Simulation of Nuclear Fusion
The award was made by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) for a three year program to simulate plasma dynamics associated with fusion energy on Rigetti’s cloud-based quantum computers. The project will also help advance Rigetti’s quantum technology as it involves applying control pulse engineering and dynamic error suppression techniques to enable long duration simulations with high effective gate depth. It will leverage and help extend Rigetti’s QUIL, Quil-T and other software programming libraries. QUIL is an open-source quantum instruction language for hybrid quantum-classical computing originally developed by Rigetti. Quil-T is its time-domain pulse programming extension. Additional information is available in a news release issued by Rigetti which can be viewed here.

November 5, 2021 – News Brief
The U.S. and U.K. Issue a Joint Statement of Intent to Enhance Cooperation on Quantum Information Science and Technology
The purpose of the agreement is to boost collaboration between the two countries and help realize the full potential of quantum technologies and deepen ties between the United States and the United Kingdom. This collaboration will help facilitate increased cooperation between U.S. and U.K. governmental agencies on various projects. This includes joint work performed by the the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.K. National Physical Laboratory (NPL) for quantum technologies including next-generation atomic clocks and quantum sensors. It will also enable an enhanced partnership between the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.K. Research and Innovation (UKRI) for additional collaboration on research in QIS. This statement will make it easier for U.S. government agencies to form addtional partnerships with corresponding organizations in the U.K. Additional information about this statement can be found in a press release posted on the U.S. governments Quantum.gov website that you can view here.

November 2, 2021
IBM Introduces Another New Quantum Performance called CLOPS to Measure Execution Speed
IBM has come up with a new performance metric called CLOPS (Circuit Layer Operations per Second) that can provide some visibility into speed performance. This metric is based upon the time it takes to run a quantum program that includes multiple shots, varying parameters, overheads associated with the control electronics and other factors. Click here to learn more about this new measure and some of its implications.

October 28, 2021 – News Brief
Who’s News – Management Additions at Alice & Bob, Terra tionsQuantum, and Quantropi
A few more management additions have been announced this month. Professor Michel Devoret has been appointed as a scientific board member and advisor at Alice & Bob. Professor Devoret is a Professor of Applied Physics at Yale University and has done pioneering work in the areas of superconducting qubits and error correction. Terra Quantum has appointed Dr. Florian Neukart as Chief Product Officer. He was previously the Director of Volkswagen’s Data Lab. And Marco Pagani has been appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Quantropi. Mr. Pagani is the President and CEO of the Ottawa Community Foundation and is a former President of Nortel. Additional details can be seen in the individual press announcements from Alice & BobTerra Quantum and Quantropi.

October 27, 2021 – News Brief
QuintessenceLabs Receives a $25 Million AUD ($18.75M USD) Series B Round
QuintessenceLabs, a Canberra, Australia supplier of quantum cybersecurity solutions including quantum random number generators (QRNG) and quantum key distribution devices (QKD), has received $25 Million in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Main Sequence and TELUS Ventures with additional participation from Mizuho Financial Group-backed InterValley Ventures and Terry Snow’s Capital Property Group. The company is a spin-off from the Australian National University in Canberra and had previously received funding of $3.26 million AUD ($2.45M USD) and followed by an additional funding of $528 thousand ($396K USD) from the Australian Department of Defence. Among other uses, the company will be using these funds to scale up its sales and marketing efforts and will expand its teams in the U.S. and later on the U.K., Japan and India. Additional information about QuintessenceLabs and the funding can be found in a press release provided by them that’s available here.

October 26, 2021 – News Brief
Amazon Opens the AWS Center for Quantum Computing in Pasadena
Amazon had announced last year that it was building a new center for quantum computer research on the Caltech campus in Pasadena, California and they now have announced that its opening after a year of construction. The two-story 21,000 square foot (1950 square meters) facility will include office space, laboratories and everything needed for Amazon to make, test and operate quantum processors. Although Amazon is currently partnering with D-Wave, Rigetti and IonQ to offer quantum computing cloud services through their AWS platform, they are also busy designing their own superconducting based quantum computer with error correction. Although they have not released any schedule or specification information on what they are working, they have published technical papers that describe their approach which we reported on in a three part series with Part 1Part 2, and Part 3. Caltech describes this facility as the first  first corporate-partnership building on the Caltech campus. Amazon will benefit because it will allow them to tap into the large talent base at Caltech. For additional information about the opening of this building, you can view a blog article posted on the AWS Quantum website here and a second news article provided by Caltech available on their website here.

October 26, 2021 – News Brief
Qualcomm Ventures Invests in Quantum Machines
We reported on Quantum Machines raise of $50 million in a Series B round in September. They now have announced that Qualcomm Ventures will also become an investor in Quantum Machines as an extension to their Series B round. The amount of the investment was not disclosed. To our knowledge this is Quantum Ventures first investment in a quantum company. Overall they have invested in 150 portfolio companies around the world in companies working in the 5G, artificial intelligence, automotive, IoT, consumer, enterprise cloud areas. You can view Quantum Machines press release announcing this investment here.

October 24, 2021 – News Brief
Toshiba Develops a Three Chip Solution for QKD
Toshiba has developed a photonic integrated circuit solution that shrinks the core QKD functionality into three chips. Although these chips are still prototypes, they are built with standard semiconductor manufacturing process which could pave the way for future high volume production at competitive costs. The three chips are separated into the QTx transmitter chip, QRx receiver chip, and the QRNG quantum random number generator chip. They are capable of exchanging a thousand symmetric QKD codes per second over a 10 km fiber optic link. For more details about these chips, you can read a press release provided by Toshiba and available on their web site here and a technical paper published in Nature Photonics that can be viewed here.

October 22, 2021 – News Brief
IonQ Becomes the Third Corporate Member of UMD’s Quantum Startup Foundry
IonQ joins EY and The Mitre Corporation in supporting this new accelerator managed by the University of Maryland (UMD) for quantum startup companies. Perhaps this is not surprising as IonQ itself was a startup that spun out of quantum research activities at UMD. This activity is just one of many areas where IonQ and the University of Maryland are working together. In September, the two parties announced they will be partnering to create a National Quantum Lab (Q-Lab) with $20 Million in funding from the university. Additional information about IonQ’s collaborations with the university can be viewed in a news article posted on the UMD website here.

October 20, 2021 – News Brief
Multiverse Computing Lands a €10 Million ($11.5M USD) Seed Funding Round
Multiverse Computing is a quantum software company with headquarters in San Sebastian, Spain that specializes in providing quantum software solutions for the financial industry. Their flagship product is called Singularity that allows users to input their problem’s parameters for applications such as portfolio optimization or fraud detection into a spreadsheet and then submit the spreadsheet for solution on a quantum computer. This funding round was led by JME Ventures with additional participation from Quantonation, EASO Ventures, Inveready, CLAVE Capital (Mondragón Fondo de Promoción), Ikerlan, LKS, Penja Strategy, Seed Gipuzkoa and Ezten Venture Capital Fund. This follows an earlier pre-seed round of 1.5 Million Euro ($1.78M USD) that Multiverse received in November 2020. The company will use the funds to expand their technology and marketing efforts. In addition, they will continue their globalization strategy with increased support including offices in Toronto, Paris and Munich. The company has set a goal of reaching annual revenue close to €100 million ($116M USD) by 2027 and grow the staffing levels from the current count of 30 to about 100 people. For more information about their funding, you can view a press release they provided which is available here.

October 19, 2021
ColdQuanta Forms Quantum Research as a Service (QRaaS) as a New Division
Although the division is new, it actually has been ColdQuanta’s core business since they started and well before they decided to enter the quantum computing market. ColdQuanta has always offered a broad portfolio of quantum devices and machines for use in quantum systems and applications. These include such items as UHV glass cells, magneto-optical traps, cryogenic apparatus, high performance quantum based clocks, and other such items. Click here for more.

October 19, 2021 – News Brief
Applications Due October 22nd for a Jumpstart Workshop to Learn How to Test the Market Potential of Your Quantum Innovation

The Midwest I-Corps Node, in partnership with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Duality, is offering a Jumpstart workshop that will help teams explore the commercial viability of quantum technologies, including hardware and software solutions as well as quantum-enabling technologies. The workshop will consist of four two hour session from November 2 to December 14 that will provide guidance to teams on how they can learn customer pain points, build connections to a commercial ecosystem, assess the size of their potential market and develop a commercialization roadmap. Participants will be eligible to receive up to $950 in funding for customer discovery-related expenses. Additionally, qualifying teams may also be eligible for a $50,000 grant from the NSF I-Corps National Teams program, SBIR/STTR, and other commercialization grants. The deadline to apply to this Jumpstart workshop is Friday, October 22nd. An information session that further explains the Jumpstart Quantum Technology Commercialization Workshop will be held on October 21 and you can register to attend here. Other information is available in a blog post available here and a webpage description of the program here.

October 19, 2021 – News Brief
Berlin Quantum Alliance Launched with €25 Million ($29M USD) in Funding
The Berlin Senate is funding this effort with €25 million over a five year period. The funds will be split with €15 million to be used for basic research and €10 million to be used for applied research. The activities will focus on both quantum software including basic research and industry related applications as well as quantum hardware, in particular photonic quantum enabling technologies. The Berlin Quantum Alliance (BQA) is based upon a concept developed by the Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, Technical University of Berlin, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications (HHI). Additional information about the Berlin Quantum Alliance is available in a press release (in German) posted on the City of Berlin’s website that you can be seen here and also another press release (in English) provided by the Berlin Business Office that can be found here.

October 18, 2021 – News Brief
aQuantum Announces Subscription Plans for Its QuantumPath Software Development Platform
QuantumPath is an ecosystem of tools, services and processes that simplify the development of quantum algorithms into hybrid information systems that support gate-based, quantum annealing and simulator backends. It consists of two component types. The first are QPath Core Modules which manage agnostic quantum algorithms & solutions (gate-based, quantum annealing) assisted by general purpose tools. CORE Modules enable this hybrid (classical/quantum) computing platform to support the quantum software life cycle and engineering. The second type of components are QPath® Platform Apps that support software engineering and programming best practices adoption for developing high-quality quantum software. The software currently provides support for backends from IBM, D-Wave, Fujitsu, QuTech, AWS, and Microsoft. aQuantum is now providing four different levels of subscription plans for using this software that depend upon the size of the team and the amount of usage needed. These levels are QPath Free Developer, QPath Developer, QPath Business and QPath Enterprise. For more about aQuantum’s announcement of its subscription plans, you can read a news release posted on their website here and a webpage that provides an overview of the QuantumPath software here.

October 17, 2021 – News Brief
U.S. Government Report on International Talent in Quantum Information Science
The Economic and Security Implications of Quantum Science (ESIX) subcommittee of the U.S. National Science & Technology Council (NSTC) has issued a report with recommendations on how the U.S. can work with foreign talent to help advance the quantum industry. It is important to provide a balance between supporting an open innovation ecosystem with protecting national security. The report asserts that there is a continuing shortage of quantum trained individuals worldwide and it is important to grow this workforce in order for the U.S. to retain leadership in this technology. Key recommendations from the report including the following: 1) The United States should continue welcoming talented international researchers while implementation protections to ensure that research security concerns are mitigated; 2) U.S. federal organizations should continue close collaboration with allies and partners to ensure a vibrant and secure international QIST ecosystem; 3) The NSTC Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science (SCQIS) should develop a five-year strategic plan for QIST workforce development and 4) Federal organizations that fund research, development, and acquisition of QIST should develop coordinated, comprehensive technology protection plans to safeguard intellectual capital and property, while accounting for specific mission needs. The full report is available on the Quantum.gov website and can be found here.


October 15, 2021 – News Brief
QuICS Receives Renewed Funding of $12.2 Million from NIST
The Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS) is a partnership between the University of Maryland and NIST set up to advance research and education in quantum computer science and quantum information theory. It was originally created in 2014 and now has received renewed funding of $12.2 million from NIST to cover the next five years. In addition to the $12.2 million, the University of Maryland (UMD) will also provide another $2 million over the next five years. The center will use these funds to grow its staff, research agenda and educational activities. QuICS has recently doubled its space on the UMD campus and now has additional room for the expanded activities. A news release announcing this funding can be found on the QuICS website here.

October 15, 2021
NIST Soliciting Collaborators for their Migrating to Post-Quantum Cryptography Project
The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) within the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is inviting interested parties to collaborate in their Migration to Post-Quantum Cryptography project. The purpose of this project is to develop practices to ease the migration from the current set of public-key cryptographic algorithms to post quantum cryptography (PQC) replacement algorithms that are resistant to quantum computer-based attacks. For the full article, click here.

October 15, 2021 – News Brief
D-Wave Joins the Center for Quantum Technologies Research Program as an Industry Member
The Center for Quantum Technologies (CQT) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program aimed at developing novel quantum technologies to address significant industry challenges. Its founding partners include Purdue University, Indiana University Bloomington, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI). D-Wave will provide access to its hardware, software and developer tools for CQT students as well as serve on the industry advisory board. They will be joining other CQT industry members including Accenture, Cummins, Entanglement, Inc., General Atomics, IBM Quantum and Quantum Computing Inc. An announcement from D-Wave about their joining the CQT program with additional information can be found here.

October 14, 2021
Cambridge Quantum Releases “lambeq”, a Quantum Natural Language Processing Toolkit and Library
lambeq (named after mathematician Joachim Lambek) is the result of research that has gone on for 10 years by Cambridge Quantum’s (CQ) Chief Scientist Bob Coecke. The concept is that a sentence consisting of a group of words can be represented as a network and the network can be converted to a quantum circuit in an application called Quantum Natural Language Processing (QNLP). This approach can enable real-world QNLP applications, such as automated dialogue, text mining, language translation, text-to-speech, language generation and bioinformatics. It can also be used for a more general analysis of symbol sequences that can be found in genomics and proteomics. Click here for more.

October 14, 2021 – News Brief
Quantum Dice Receives £2 Million ($2.7M USD) in Pre-seed Funding
Quantum Dice is an Oxford University spinout developing a compact and continuously self-certifying quantum random number generator (QRNG) based upon a technology they call DISCTM that employs advanced silicon photonics technology to produce high-quality, certified randomness from an on-chip laser source. This technology is very high speed and was originally developed in Oxford’s world-leading Quantum Optics research group. The pre-seed fundraising consists of a £1 million venture capital investment led by Elaia Partners with additional participation from IP Group plc, and the UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund (UKI2S) managed by Midven. An additional £1 million of non-dilutive grant funding came from the Quantum Investment Accelerator run by IP Group plc in partnership with Innovate UK, the United Kingdom’s innovation agency. Generating high quality, fully random numbers to use as encryption keys is very important for secure communication. Using a quantum based process can help guarantee this is the case due to the non-deterministic nature inherent in the laws of quantum mechanics. Additional information about this funding can be found in a news release available here.

October 13, 2021
New Corporate Sponsors Announced at Chicago’s Duality Quantum Accelerator and Maryland’s Quantum Startup Foundry
Two quantum startup foundries in the United States have added corporate sponsors that will provide the quantum startup cohort members with equipment, training, mentorship, financial support and other services and resources. Click here to view the full article and see which corporate entities are getting involved.

October 9, 2021
Advanced Quantum Testbed Announces Open Call for New User Project Proposals
The Advanced Quantum Testbed (AQT) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has issued an open call for new user project proposals. These proposals should be for research of non-proprietary work that will be published in the scientific literature. Non-U.S. citizens are allowed to submit proposals and there is no cost to groups with accepted proposals. AQT users will have access to AQT’s scientists and engineers for close collaboration and guidance on how to best use the hardware and software capabilities at AQT. To have a proposal considered, a prospective user should start by submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) by November 5, 2021. Click here for more information about this open call for proposals.

October 8, 2021 – News Brief
BT and Toshiba to Create One of World’s First Commercial Quantum Secured Communications Network Across Metro London
This network would be one of the world’s first commercially available quantum-secured metro network in the world. It will be operated by BT and utilize quantum key distribution (QKD) hardware and key management software from Toshiba, manufactured at Toshiba’s Cambridge, UK site. The companies will offer this service to enterprise customers, such as financial and legal organizations, who require the utmost security for sensitive data such as database backups. While the companies had previously installed a point-to-point network between Bristol-based NCC (National Composites Centre) and Centre for Modelling and Simulation (CFMS), the new network will be a multi-point network across a large metropolitan area. Additional details about this announcement can be viewed in a news release located on the BT website here.

October 8, 2021 – News Brief
Zapata Partners with the University of Hull to Evaluate Orquestra to Help Evaluate Biological Signatures of Life in Deep Space
Although the project will not use quantum computing directly to search for life in deep space, it can potentially help the effort by creating a data base of detectable signatures of molecules that could suggest biological activity. MIT researchers in 2016 created a list of 14,000 molecules that could indicate signs of life in extraterrestrial planets. The E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull will evaluate using Zapata’s Orquestra and quantum computing to create a database of detectable signatures using new computational models of molecular rotations and vibrations that will show how these molecules respond to infrared radiation from nearby stars. This evaluation will be a short one, scheduled to only last for eight weeks, but there are expected to be several follow-on projects between Zapata and the University of Hull for additional quantum astrophysics related applications. Additional information about this project can be found in a news release provided by Zapata available here.

October 8, 2021 – News Brief
Strangeworks Announces a Backstage Pass Program for Early Access to the Newest Technology

Members of the Backstage Pass program will gain access to the newest technology available from Strangeworks’ own internal development team and their Quantum Syndicate members. Oftentimes, when a quantum hardware provider develops a new machine, they won’t make it fully available to the general public immediately because there may be limits on how many users it can initially support. Rather, they may make it available only to a select group of beta customers so they can better control the usage while the provider gains initial experience and makes optimizations in operating the machine. Members of the Strangeworks program can have a better chance of being included in this select group of early users with the assistance from Strangeworks. An additional benefit of the Backstage Pass Program is that members can apply for the Strangeworks Quantum Hardware Credit Program which will provide up to $5,000 in credit on the Strangeworks platform to use on hardware systems available via Amazon Braket from D-Wave, IonQ, and Rigetti. For additional information about this new program and to apply to become a member, you can view announcement of the program on their website here and also an FAQ page that provides additional details about it here. The program will officially start in January 2022, but users can apply to join the program right now an a webpage located here.

October 7, 2021 – News Brief
Microsoft Azure Adds Compatibility with Qiskit and Cirq SDKs
Previously, anyone wishing to use the Microsoft Azure quantum cloud service to access the Honeywell and IonQ quantum computers needed to use Microsoft’s Q# quantum programming language for writing their programs. Now Microsoft has written an API so that user’s existing Qiskit or Cirq programs can add a few lines of code and run their programs on the Honeywell or IonQ systems using the Azure cloud service. This will expand the potential user community for Microsoft and provide users with a greater choice of hardware providers for developing and testing their programs. You can view Microsoft’s announcement about this development in a blog article on their website here.

October 6, 2021
Rigetti to Go Public with SPAC Supernova II with Equity Value of $1.5 Billion
Rigetti Computing announced today that they will merge with SPAC Supernova Partners Acquisition Company II to become a public company. The transaction will include a cash infusion to Rigetti of $345 million in funds held in the trust account of Supernova II along with an additional $100 million in PIPE (Private investment in public equity) funding from investors including funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., Bessemer Venture Partner, Franklin Templeton, and In-Q-Tel. Other strategic investors will include Keysight Technologies, Palantir Technologies and Ampere Computing. These funds should be sufficient to support Rigetti’s operating expenses and capital investment needs until they reach breakeven. Click here to view our full article that provides more information about this transaction.

October 5, 2021 – News Brief
Equal1 Receives Multimillion Euro Funding Round Bringing Total Funding to €10 million ($11.6M USD)
Equal1, a startup developing silicon based quantum processors based in Dublin, Ireland and Fremont, California, has received a multimillion Euro funding round from venture firm btov Industrial Technologies and previous investors Atlantic Bridge, 808 Ventures and Enterprise Ireland.. This brings the total amount of funding to the company to date of over €10 million ($11.6M USD). Dr. Christian Reitberger, partner at btov, has joined Equal1’s Board of Directors and Declan O’Mahoney has been appointed as Equal’s Non-Executive Chairman of its Board of Directors. Equal1 has been developing a quantum processor based upon spin qubit technology that operates at a relatively warm temperature of 3.7 Kelvin. The advantage of this approach is that it would eliminate the need for a large and costly dilution refrigerator and potentially allow providing the quantum computing in a desktop computer form factor. They have already create a demonstrator system called Alice and are working on a next generation system codenamed Aquarius that is expected to be completed within the next 24 months. More information about their technology is available in an article that we posted in May. Additional information about this funding can be found in a news release posted by Equal1 and available here.

October 5, 2021
D-Wave Announces Their Future Roadmap Including a New Gate Based Machine that is Under Development
At its Qubits 2021 conference today, D-Wave announced its product roadmap including several new items on both the hardware and the software fronts. These include an update to their current 5000 qubit Advantage quantum annealer, a future 7000 qubit quantum annealer they are calling Advantage 2, a future gate based, error corrected machine, and various software improvement including a new Constrained Hybrid Solver. Click here for more about this product roadmap announcement.

October 4, 2021 – News Brief
Archer Materials Receives A$15 Million ($10.9M USD) Funds in an Institutional Placement for New Shares
In addition to the new funding of A$15 million the company is seeking to raise an additional A$5 million ($3.6 million) from existing eligible shareholders who are residents of Australia or New Zealand. The funds will be used to continue development of Archer’s 12CQ quantum computing chip and lab-on-a-chip biochip technologies, infrastructure and facilities, protecting Archer’s intellectual property, establishing and strengthening commercial partnerships and general working capital. Additional information about this new share placement can be found in a news release posted on the Archer website here.

October 3, 2021
Quantum Product Placements in Europe; Qblox and Atos
A pair of product placement announcements have been recently announced. First Qblox announced that Chalmers University in Sweden has ordered their scalable and readout hardware for use with a new 20 qubit superconducting processor that Chalmers is developing. Also, Atos announced that it has delivered its Quantum Learning Machine (QLM) to the Galician Supercomputing Center (CESGA) in Spain. Click here for the full article.

October 1, 2021 – News Brief
Munich Quantum Valley Project to Receive 83.3 Million Euros ($96M USD) from the Bavarian State Government
We had reported in January about plans of the German state of Bavaria to create a Munich Quantum Valley program and have just announced this first release of funding from the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art. These funds will extend through 2024 with additional funds release anticipated in the future. Participants in the program include the Bavarian Academy of Sciences BAdW), the Fraunhofer Society, the Max Planck Society, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. Goals of the project include developing an ecosystem for quantum technologies in the Munich region, set up a quantum technology park, set up a center for quantum computing and quantum technologies, and promote scientific qualification and training of a new generation of engineers and scientists. More information about this funding can be found in a news release (in German) provided by the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art that can be found here and also the website for the Munich Quantum Valley located here.

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