Qunnect Sells Its First Commercial Quantum Memory

Qunnect, a quantum networking company founded in late 2017 to commercialize the core technologies needed for long distance quantum-secure communication, has announced the sale of its quantum memory to Brookhaven National Laboratory. Qunnect claims it’s the world’s first commercial quantum memory that has been sold.

Quantum memories, which allow distributed entanglement communication protocols and act as fundamental components in quantum repeaters, are critical components for enabling future quantum-secure networks.

Qunnect’s quantum memory stores and releases single photons on demand while maintaining their quantum state “with a fidelity of more than 95%.” Qunnect offers a solution that does not require extreme cooling or vacuum support infrastructure to operate, which is an important design issue for real-world implementation and scalability. All of the devices are also available in a normal server-rack form size, allowing them to be installed in existing fiber hubs.

Quantum Repeater Product Suite

Photo Noel Goddard, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Qunnect
“We are very proud to be the first company to bring a quantum memory to the commercial market. As fiber-based quantum testbeds are being built across the globe, we look forward to supporting their infrastructure,” said Noel Goddard, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Qunnect.

The Quantum Memory is at the heart of Qunnect’s Quantum Repeater product suite, which also comprises a device for generating entangled photons, ultra-high precision timing and frequency network references, fiber channel calibrators, and an entanglement distribution protocol transaction station. Qunnect is designing these devices to work with telecoms infrastructure and low interface loss.

“We are very proud to be the first company to bring a quantum memory to the commercial market. As fiber-based quantum testbeds are being built across the globe, we look forward to supporting their infrastructure,” said Noel Goddard, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Qunnect. “We are also grateful to our investors and the Federal agencies who enabled this accomplishment, and continue to support our vision of realizing prototypes of the full Quantum Repeater product suite in early 2022.”

Qunnect was founded with the foundational technology licensed from the Research Foundation of the State University of New York. The quantum computing company is headquartered in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City and is also a member of New Lab. Qunnect gets research support from the US Department of Energy, the US Air Force and the National Science Foundation, as well as mentorship from the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (NYSERDA) at Stony Brook University, the Luminate Accelerator (NextCorps), and Activate Boston.

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