ColdQuanta, a pioneer in Cold Atom Quantum Technology, has trapped and addressed 100 qubits in a massive, dense 2-D cold atom array, marking a significant step forward in the development of its Quantum Computer.
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The digital gate-based quantum computer, codenamed ‘Hilbert’, which is expected to be available later this year, will be among the most powerful in the world, using pristine qubits with the stability of atomic clocks to massively scale qubit count beyond what is possible with other quantum computing approaches.
The completion of this milestone would illustrate the ColdQuanta platform’s ability to swiftly grow in order to solve real-world challenges with commercial implications.
ColdQuanta says it will be able to solve important customer computation problems more quickly and efficiently thanks to Hilbert’s scalability in environments where optimization is critical, such as financial services, logistics, and pharmaceuticals (drug discovery), as well as the mainstream delivery of quantum computing as a cloud service (QCaaS).
During testing, huge, dense 2-D arrays of qubits were trapped and controlled using lasers, and the qubit counts and connections scaled exceptionally well, according to ColdQuanta.
“This continued progress represents the completion of a critical step in bringing our Cold Atom Quantum Technology to market and showcasing its potential to support a variety of practical use cases,” said Paul Lipman, President of Quantum Computing at ColdQuanta. “Our Cold Atom Method stands out among other modalities by demonstrating the potential for unmatched qubit scalability. We are on the brink of delivering a compelling platform and on the doorstep of commercialization.”
Mark Saffman, ColdQuanta’s Chief Scientist for Quantum Information and a professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has pioneered work on Hilbert during the last few decades.
“Cold Atoms are nature’s qubits,” said Mark Saffman. “Their pristine characteristics enable control of their quantum state with a clear pathway to rapidly scaling to multiple thousands of qubits.”
This new achievement comes on the heels of several significant leadership appointments, including Paul Lipman’s appointment as President of Quantum Computing, Rushton McGarr’s appointment as Chief Financial Officer, and Dan Caruso’s appointment as Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Chairman.
This year, ColdQuanta has also been awarded multi millions of dollars in U.S. government contracts and announced participation in the High-BIAS2 (High Bandwidth Inertial Atom Source) project wherein ColdQuanta’s Cold Atom Quantum Technology serves as the foundation for the project’s gyroscope and Quantum Positioning System (QPS).
ColdQuanta is based in Boulder, CO with offices in Madison, Wisconsin and Oxford, UK. The company operates three lines of business – Quantum Computing, Devices and Machines, and Quantum Research-as-a-Service. The Quantum Computing division will launch Hilbert, the cloud-based 100 qubit quantum computer, in late 2021.