Pasqal Unveils New Quantum Computing Factory in Canada

June 21, 2023

SHERBROOKE, Québec, June 21, 2023 — PASQAL, a world leader in quantum computing based on neutral atoms, announced today the creation of a factory to produce state-of-the-art quantum processing devices at Espace Quantique 1 of DistriQ – Quantum Innovation Zone in Sherbrooke, Québec.

In this new flagship installation, PASQAL-Canada will produce hardware for the North American market to accelerate the adoption of neutral atoms quantum computing in the region. PASQAL Canada will develop in partnership, new commercial applications in multiple areas, such as: smart cities, energy, and materials science, focusing on providing business value to end-users in the short term.

PASQAL’s quantum technology uses highly focused lasers, “optical tweezers”, to trap and manipulate neutral atoms individually to create 1D and 2D arrays in arbitrary configurations. In these quantum processors, each quantum bit (qubit) is encoded into two energy levels of an atom, each atom in these arrays represents a qubit. PASQAL neutral atoms technology has already demonstrated its capability to operate with more than 300 qubits and its next generation devices will deliver a 1,000 qubit quantum computing power, which it believes will provide significant commercial advantages over classical computers by 2024. The company’s customers include BMW, BASF, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, Airbus, LG Electronics and Thales among many others.

PASQAL will install its quantum computer production in DistriQ’s Espace Quantique 1. Opening in Sherbrooke in early fall 2023, the 50,000 square foot (4,600 square meter) building will be the most extensive and comprehensive commercially focused quantum centre. It brings together the foremost minds in quantum technologies with the most comprehensively equipped shared commercial quantum development labs. DistriQ’s Espace Quantique 1 empowers companies like PASQAL to accelerate the development of technologies and applications by focusing their resources on research and development rather than costly infrastructure and technologies.

“This location is ideal to catalyze PASQAL’s collaborations with academic institutions and industries in North America, ensuring a sustainable development in the growing quantum computing market,” said Raphaël de Thoury, CEO of PASQAL Canada. “The ecosystem in Sherbrooke, fostered by the dynamism of DistriQ – Quantum Innovation Zone in Sherbrooke, is fertile ground for quantum industrial companies like PASQAL. DistriQ is unique, as it is gathering the key leading players in the value chain, from science to industrial applications.”

The applications resulting from the power of hybrid computers (quantum computing combined with High Performance Computing) are multiple, including:

  • The optimization of distribution or transport networks.
  • The understanding of photosynthesis mechanisms.
  • The design of catalysts for fertilizers or new drugs.
  • The optimization of batteries or solar cells.

Quantum computing is a promising field, and many companies worldwide are investing in developing quantum technologies and applications in the hope of finding solutions to today’s humanity challenges.

About DistriQ, Quantum Innovation Zone

The non-profit organization (NPO), Quantum Innovation Zone, is a catalyst of expertise and infrastructure that connects and integrates the collaborative initiatives of the quantum ecosystem aimed at the emergence and acceleration of innovations. One of DistriQ’s flagship projects is Studio Quantique. One of Quantum Innovation Zone’s partners is the Institut quantique from Université de Sherbrooke, which increases the synergy between research, teaching, entrepreneurship, and industry.

About PASQAL

PASQAL is a leading French Quantum Computing company that builds quantum processors from ordered neutral atoms in 2D and 3D arrays to bring a practical quantum advantage to its customers and address real-world problems. PASQAL was founded in 2019, out of the Institut d’Optique, by Georges-Olivier Reymond, Christophe Jurczak, Professor Dr. Alain Aspect, Nobel Prize Laureate Physics, 2022, Dr. Antoine Browaeys, and Dr. Thierry Lahaye. PASQAL has secured more than €140 million in financing to date. To learn more about PASQAL, visit pasqal.com.


Source: PASQAL

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