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Quantum computer start-up with roots at Harvard and MIT raises $17M


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 23rd, 2021

A start-up launched by researchers at Harvard and MIT has raised $17 million to advance a technology that could lead to more powerful quantum computers.

QuEra has developed hardware for creating quantum bits, or qubits, the basic unit of quantum information. QuEra’s qubits use neutral atoms in a vacuum chamber and use lasers to cool and control them.

“From 2015 when we had an empty lab with nothing to 2017, the work that we were doing at Harvard and MIT, we were already at the stage where we could control 51 of these neutral atom qubits,” says Alex Keesling, CEO of QuEra and co-inventor of the technology.

The startup now has a 256-qubit machine that Keesling says should be available through the cloud by the third quarter of next year. He also expects that QuEra will have a 1000-qubit computer in two years.

Source: Reuters

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