Sydney’s Quantum Brilliance has raised a further $13 million in seed investment to pursue its hardware and software which delivers quantum computing capabilities to existing computer systems without resorting to the low temperatures and lasers required by other QC systems.
The venture-backed, Australian-German company raised the funds from investors co-led by the QxBranch founders’ and Main Sequence investment consortium.
Quantum Brilliance harnesses synthetic diamonds to build quantum accelerators, making it one of only a few companies worldwide already delivering quantum computing systems for customers to operate on-site today.
COO Mark Luo told @AuManufacturing the funds would continue the company’s Australian R&D and manufacturing efforts.
Luo said: “Here in Australia we are already building the initial product and we expect this to continue.
“Australia has excellent quantum science, as a result QB has established R&D relationships with Australian universities including Latrobe, RMIT and ANU, (and we) are exploring further opportunities.”
The company was spun out in 2019 from ANU to develop novel fabrication techniques and processor architectures.
Luo said federal and state investments would ultimately play a crucial role to ensure Australia establishes sovereign quantum computing manufacturing capability to build and operate a quantum computer suitable for international competition.
“Quantum Brilliance’s supply chain builds on Australia’s manufacturing self-reliance in areas critical to our national security, such as in precision optics, MW/RF technologies and quantum information.”
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt Quantum Brilliance was a breakthrough research commercialisation spinout for the university.
Schmidt said: “If the University’s goal to create a billion-dollar company in the next five years is to happen, it will be through these joint efforts.”
Quantum Brilliance is actively hiring for 20 roles including VP of Engineering and scientists, physicists, software engineers and control engineers to support the research, development, engineering, and production of the company’s quantum computing technology.
The company’s projected roadmap to provide quantum accelerators the size of a lunchbox with over 50 qubits by 2025 will greatly accelerate the adoption of useful quantum applications across a variety of sectors. Quantum accelerators can be deployed wherever classical computers are used such as satellites, vehicles, hospitals, and robotic systems.
Luo told @AuManufacturing said quantum computing at the edge will enable all sectors to benefit from this new computational capability.
“Quantum accelerator card, which will be small enough to hold in our hands, transforms the application possibilities, as opposed to mainframe quantum computers constrained by cryogenics or complex infrastructure requirements.
“Questions will start to be around: “What if my satellite, vehicle, manufacturing plant, or desktop computer had one or more quantum computers accelerating certain tasks or making some tasks possible for the first time?”
This transformation is expected to impact all industries ranging from agriculture, mining, medical, pharma, OEMs, defence, data centres, and logistics.
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