$18m to shrink quantum computer to chip size
Quantum Brilliance has raised $18m to shrink its miniature diamond-based quantum computers down to the size of a chip.
The room temperature systems are already being installed in data centres to run quantum algorithms but the company is working to further miniaturise its technology, eventually to the size of semiconductor chips.
Investors include Breakthrough Victoria, Main Sequence, Investible, Ultratech Capital Partners, MA Growth Ventures, Jelix Ventures, Rampersand and CM Equity Partners.
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Quantum Brilliance, which is based in Australia and Germany, will use the funding to expand international operations, deliver hardware and software products to customers, and improve manufacturing and fabrication techniques. Quantum Brilliance will also enhance the performance of its room-temperature quantum computers and further develop software and application offerings.
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Quantum Brilliance’s quantum computers use synthetic diamonds to operate at room temperature in any environment, from data centres to mobile devices to autonomous vehicles to spacecraft. Unlike other quantum computers, the system does not require cryogenics, vacuum systems and precision laser arrays. This means the technology consumes significantly less power and can be deployed onsite or at the edge in smaller packages.
“We are actively investing in quantum technologies to establish Australia, and the state of Victoria, as a global player in this rapidly evolving sector,” said Grant Dooley, CEO of Breakthrough Victoria. “Quantum Brilliance’s vision of mass producible, room temperature, small form factor quantum computers aligns closely with our mandate to fund ideas and technology in Victoria that will help solve globally significant problems, and we see them as a true innovator in the quantum computing industry.”
The company also offers its software development kit that includes high performance emulators, allowing customers and researchers to develop and test quantum applications for future commercialisation.
“Our technology is following the successful path of classical computers, where integrated semiconductor chips allowed the jump from large fragile mainframes to laptops and smartphones. Our small form factor, room temperature, low power devices are forging the same path,” said Andrew Horsley, co-founder of Quantum Brilliance.
Quantum Brilliance established the Research Hub for Diamond Quantum Materials in Victoria, Australia, in April 2022. This Hub was started with leading quantum diamond institutions La Trobe University and RMIT University to enhance the computational power of diamond-based quantum computers with techniques that can transition to manufacturing systems in large volumes.
The company plans to expand the hub and continue to work with its research partners to offer industry PhD positions in Victoria to build the next generation of talent in Australia.
Quantum Brilliance has global partnerships in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific, working with governments, supercomputing centres, research organisations and industry.