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D-Wave teams with Davidson Technologies to target aerospace and defense

D-Wave Systems has recently announced a launch on AWS Marketplace, offering a more accessible way for vendors to use its technology.
By Dan O'Shea posted 06 Jan 2023

Aerospace and defense continues to be viewed as a market for early adoption of quantum computing technologies, and D-Wave Quantum, as a newly public company, is looking to make the most of any early opportunities it can find. A new reseller arrangement with Davidson Technologies, Inc., a technology services company that provides innovative engineering, technical and management solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense, aerospace and commercial customers, could help D-Wave accomplish that aim.

The multi-year agreement, which D-Wave will be highlighted at its Qubits annual user conference later this month, calls for Davidson to resell D-Wave’s products and services, including the Leap quantum cloud service, into the aerospace and defense sector. In addition, the companies are working together on an initiative to support classified hybrid quantum-classical applications, an important requirement for national defense programs, a D-Wave statement said

The collaboration comes as the U.S. federal government, like many governments around the world, is taking more concrete steps to embrace and invest in quantum technologies. That has created more urgency for quantum technology companies to align with aerospace and defense market specialists. For example, PQShield last year teamed with Collins Aerospace, and there have been many other similar partnerships.

By collaborating on joint go-to-market efforts, Davidson plans to expand its advanced, intelligent technology solutions with D-Wave’s cloud-based quantum computing and quantum hybrid solver services in support of U.S. defense and aerospace efforts, the companies said, adding that quantum-hybrid applications can support a variety of mission objectives, including supply chain optimization, logistics management, weapon system optimization, and vehicle routing, to name a few.

“Quantum technology should be considered a key component of every compute infrastructure, including our nation’s defense operations,” said Major General John W. Holly (USA, Ret.), President, CEO and Chairman of Davidson. “By joining forces with D-Wave, we’re aiming to help our Government customers accelerate the adoption and application of today’s quantum-hybrid solutions as part of our focused mission to protect and defend the United States.”

“Davidson has a reputation for recognizing how emerging and advanced technologies can be applied to help customers navigate change, embrace risks and grow,” said Dr. Alan Baratz, CEO of D-Wave. “We share that spirit of imagining the unimaginable and harnessing the power of technology in service to our customers. Through our collaboration, we’re extending Davidson’s impressive portfolio with annealing quantum computing solutions designed to tackle government customers’ increasingly complex computational problems, today.”

Dan O’Shea has covered telecommunications and related topics including semiconductors, sensors, retail systems, digital payments and quantum computing/technology for over 25 years.

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