£7.5m project to build error corrected quantum computer

£7.5m project to build error corrected quantum computer

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By Nick Flaherty

A UK consortium is to develop a quantum computer with error corrections (QEC) starting with a £7.5m grant.

The QEC  consortium is led by Universal Quantum with a £7.5m grant from Innovate UK’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to build a scalable quantum computer that can correct its own errors and apply this technology to high-impact problems in the aerospace industry.

The Quantum Error Correction (QEC) consortium includes end-user Rolls-Royce supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre, quantum software developer Riverlane, supply chain partners Edwards, TMD Technologies (now acquired by Communications & Power Industries (CPI)) and Diamond Microwave, commercialisation and dissemination experts Sia Partners and Qureca and researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Sussex.

“Error correction is crucial to achieving anything really useful with quantum computers, so we are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this grant. This project is an important step forward, helping us to go from today’s proof of principle machines to scalable quantum computers that can solve some of the world’s most pressing computational challenges,” said Dr. Sebastian Weidt, Co-Founder and CEO at Universal Quantum.

The QEC consortium will also create a new quantum ecosystem for the UK and boost the burgeoning quantum tech cluster in the Greater Brighton City Region.

Error correction needs millions of qubits to work and Universal Quantum has focused on creating a million-qubit quantum computer. It is using trapped ions that levitate above a microwave silicon chip to provide electronic logic gates at 70K rather than 0K, combined into fully integrated, self-contained modules.

Universal Quantum is also part of the CryoConsortium developing CMOS IP for cryogenically cooled silicon chips.

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