TEL AVIV, Israel and BOSTON, Nov. 7, 2023 — Quantum Machines and QuEra Computing today announced they have been awarded an innovation grant from the Board of Governors of the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation to jointly develop a photonic control unit (PCU) to significantly accelerate the computational power of quantum computers today and in the future.
QuEra was one of the first to market with a neutral atom computing platform launched for public use on a large public cloud service in November 2022. QuEra’s Aquila-class quantum computers are 256-qubit devices built around a highly flexible programmable geometry approach that features a unique combination of system size, coherence, and an innovative analog quantum processing mode that provides new ways to solve machine learning, optimization, and simulation problems.
Quantum Machines delivers OPX1000, an advanced quantum controller that leads the industry across key performance metrics, including feedback capabilities, runtime, analog performance, and channel density. OPX1000 incorporates a unique Pulse Processor Unit (PPU) that integrates classical processing and control flow at the heart of a quantum control system, orchestrating quantum and classical operations from the same device. The PPU allows the implementation of complex quantum error corrections and error mitigation in real-time. Built to scale, the solution supports the need for managing increasing qubit counts in a way that is both economical and efficient.
The joint development of the PCU is based on QuEra’s advanced photonic microchips with co-designed optical peripherals driven by high-speed analog controllers from Quantum Machines. The PCU will be integrated into QuEra’s quantum computers and in Quantum Machines testing facilities and product lines. In addition to atoms, the PCU could also address ions, NV centers, and optically addressable spin qubits – allowing true differentiation for scaling up optically driven systems. It will provide significant value to other quantum market segments utilizing lasers, including quantum computer manufacturers, quantum sensors, and communications devices.
“We are honored to receive the BIRD Foundation grant with Quantum Machines,” said Alex Keesling, CEO of QuEra. “This collaboration represents an important opportunity to address another key hurdle to scaling quantum computers. By combining QuEra’s expertise in neutral atom qubits with Quantum Machines’ prowess in quantum control solutions, we expect to deliver groundbreaking innovation to the market.”
“Innovation is the driving force behind the quantum revolution, and we are excited to collaborate with QuEra Computing in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in quantum computing,” said Itamar Sivan, co-founder and CEO of Quantum Machines. “This award from the BIRD Foundation underscores our commitment to advancing the field and accelerating the realization of practical quantum computers.”
About the BIRD Foundation
The BIRD Foundation (Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation) works to encourage and facilitate cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies in a wide range of technology sectors and offers funding to selected projects. The Foundation supports projects without receiving any equity or intellectual property rights from the participating companies or the projects themselves. BIRD funding is repaid as royalties from sales of products that were commercialized because of BIRD support. The Foundation provides funding of up to 50% of a project’s budget, beginning with R&D and ending with the initial stages of sales and marketing. The Foundation shares the risk and does not require repayment if the project fails to reach the sales stage.
About Quantum Machines
Quantum Machines (QM) drives quantum breakthroughs that accelerate the realization of practical quantum computers. The company’s Quantum Orchestration Platform (QOP) fundamentally redefines the control and operations architecture of quantum processors. The full-stack hardware and software platform is capable of running even the most complex algorithms right out of the box, including quantum error correction, multi-qubit calibration, and more. Helping achieve the full potential of any quantum processor, the QOP allows for unprecedented advancement and speed-up of quantum technologies as well as the ability to scale to thousands of qubits.
QuEra Computing is the leader in commercializing quantum computers using neutral atoms—widely recognized as a highly-promising quantum modality. Based in Boston and built on pioneering research from nearby Harvard University and MIT, QuEra operates the world’s largest publicly-accessible quantum computer, available over a major public cloud and for on-premises delivery. QuEra is developing large-scale, fault-tolerant quantum computers to tackle classically intractable problems, becoming the partner of choice in the quantum field.