A new quantum computer startup from Harvard, MIT raises $17M

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Oakland, Calif. Nov 17 (Businesshala) – A new quantum computer startup born out of researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) said on Wednesday it has raised $17 million from investors including Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc. (4755.t).

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It is the latest quantum computer hardware maker to come out of the lab at a time when funding for the nascent technology is booming.

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While there are various technologies to create so-called quantum bits or qubits where computation takes place, Quora’s qubits use neutral atoms in a vacuum chamber and a laser to cool and control them.

Quora CEO Alex Kisling said, “From 2015 when we had an empty lab, until 2017, the work we were doing at Harvard and MIT, we were already at the stage where we could control 51 neutral atom qubits. could.” Co-inventor of technology. He said that this technology is easy to scale up and in two years Quora will have 1000-qubit computer. Today he has a 256-qubit machine, he said.

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International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N), whose quantum computers are already available through the cloud, aims to achieve 1000-plus qubit machine in 2023, However, many quantum computer researchers say that it is difficult to compare the performance of different machines based only on the number of qubits.

For those looking to try out the Quera machine, Keesling said the goal is to make it available via the cloud by the third quarter of next year.

While there is some debate about whether quantum computers will be able to solve real-world problems, researchers believe that quantum computers could operate millions of times faster than today’s advanced supercomputers, potentially It can potentially serve to map complex molecular structures and promote chemical reactions. The power of artificial intelligence.

Reporting by Zhen Lanhi Lee; Editing by Aurora Aliso

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