Atomic computingQuantum computing startups announced the launch of quantum computing systems with unparalleled capabilities. The company’s first-generation Phoenix system can encapsulate up to 100 qubits, which are said to be “unusually” stable with long coherence times, thereby providing great performance potential. In addition, the company announced that it has received more than $15 million in Series A financing and has hired a new CEO.
Atom Computing’s Phoenix can capture 100 atomic qubits (alkaline earth elements) in a vacuum chamber with optical tweezers. Then, lasers are used to manipulate the quantum state of the atomic qubits. The company claims that its qubits are very stable and have a very long coherence time (ie more than 100 milliseconds), which makes Atom Computing’s Phoenix suitable for complex calculations.
The use of atomic qubits in a vacuum chamber with optical tweezers is nothing new. Honeywell commercializes such systems, but its quantum computer has only 6 qubits. Atom Computing stated that its laser technology and platform architecture allow the number of qubits to be expanded to 100 units. However, the company must also demonstrate such a system.
“Quantum computing has accelerated to the point where it no longer takes 10 years. The scalability and stability of our system convinces us that we will be able to lead the industry to real quantum advantages,” said Rob Hays, CEO and President of Atomic Computing. “We will be able to solve complex problems that traditional computing cannot solve, even if Moore’s Law and massively scalable cluster architecture have exponential performance improvements.”
In addition to revealing the first details about the Phoenix quantum computing system, Atom Computing also said that it has received $15 million in Series A financing from venture capital firms Venrock, Innovation Endeavors and Prelude Ventures. The money will be used to build the Phoenix quantum computer system.
In addition, the company appointed Rob Hays as CEO and President. Prior to this, Hays worked at Intel for 20 years and was responsible for formulating the company’s Xeon roadmap. Later, he worked at Lenovo, where he formulated the company’s data center product and service strategy.