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Australian National U start-up creates a quantum computer the size of a lunch box


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 31st, 2021

A start-up from Australian National University (ANU) has developed a quantum computer that is smaller, easier to operate, and capable of performing at room temperature – features that could open quantum technology to many more businesses.

Quantum Brilliance has harnessed synthetic diamonds to build quantum accelerators that, when integrated with supercomputers, could revolutionize a wide range of research fields, such as logistics, machine learning, defense, aerospace, and finance.

Quantum Brilliance’s computer is the size of a lunch box and, unlike other quantum computers, doesn’t require super-low temperatures or complex laser systems to function. “Our product operates at room temperature, is cheaper, has lower energy consumption and just needs a power point and ethernet port to work,” says Mark Luo, chief operating officer at Quantum Brilliance.

Because of its simplicity, the computer can be mass-deployed in data centers, hospitals, mines, spacecrafts, and even in laptops.

“It’s very robust,” Luo adds. “You can just slot it in and start doing work that you’ve always wanted to do. It really lowers the barrier to entry for quantum computing.”

Brian Schmidt, vice-chancellor at ANU, says he expects the university’s investment in Quantum Brilliance will see returns in a significant way.

“The university’s goal to create a billion-dollar company in the next five years will happen by supporting research commercialization for spin-outs like Quantum Brilliance,” Schmidt says. “Quantum Brilliance is a company in its early days. But while it is early days, backing it now could lead to huge pay-offs for all of us.”

Source: Financial Review

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