Australia may spend hundreds of millions of dollars on quantum computing research. Are we chasing a mirage?

By Timothy Duignan, Griffith University The Australian government is going all in on quantum computing. After investing more than $100 million on “quantum technology” in 2021, it is now reportedly considering spending up to $200 million on purchasing a “quantum computer” from a US company. Is this a sensible decision? You might think so, if…

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Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme in operation Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme is now operating, providing consumers and businesses with a 10 cent refund for every eligible drink container they recycle. Eligible containers include most aluminium, glass, plastic and liquid paperboard (carton) containers which can be returned to refund points for payment. Refunds can be given as…

Queensland quantum strategy shoots for the stars

A new strategy to support the continued growth of the quantum technology industry has been launched by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk during her CEDA State of the State address. The strategy leverages Queensland’s research and fabrication capabilities across quantum and other related technologies such as semiconductors, superconductors, photonics, and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), for industry sectors…

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BluGlass appoints new full-time CFO ASX-listed semiconductor company BluGlass has announced the appointment of Samuel Samhan (pictured) as Chief Financial Officer on a full-time basis, effective immediately. BluGlass said in a statement on Monday that Samhan is a highly credentialled senior executive with over 20 years of financial leadership and commercial  operations experience, including as…

Q-CTRL, Diraq partner to expand quantum computing adoption

Leading Australian quantum computing software and hardware companies have partnered to on three multi-million-dollar projects to expand the commercial adoption of quantum computing. According to quantum error correction software company Q-CTRL and silicon based quantum hardware innovator Diraq, their partnership is the first stage of delivering new, high-impact quantum computing capabilities to the global market,…

Silex Systems awarded defence support for quantum silicon production

Industrial technology company Silex Systems has been awarded defence funding support for its development of technology to produce zero spin silicon (ZS-Si) needed to manufacture quantum computing chips. The company has been awarded $5.1 million funding from the Defence Trailblazer for the Concept to Sovereign Capability Program. The Trailblazer is a partnership between the University…

SQC raises another $50 million for quantum development

Sydney quantum computing hardware manufacturer Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC) has closed a scaled back $50.4 million Series A capital raising to fund the manufacture of the world’s first scalable, error corrected quantum computer. The investors in the latest round are the Commonwealth Government and institutions including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), Telstra and the…

Queensland aims for quantum advanced technologies strategy

The Queensland Government will partner with universities and industry to develop a Quantum and Advanced Technologies Strategy aiming to develop compound semiconductors, photonics and quantum technologies. The strategy will support commercialisation of research and intellectual property in Queensland, building and attracting advanced technology businesses to keep high value jobs local rather than going offshore. The…