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Quantum News Briefs: April 24, 2024: News From Xanadu and Chicago Quantum Exchange • Wolfram and Classiq • Colorado Governor Jared Polis • ICFO • Lithium Lasers • and MORE!

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Quantum News Briefs takes a look at the latest news and announcements throughout the quantum R&D industry.

Quantum News Briefs, April 24, 2024: Press release summaries below: 

Xanadu joins the Chicago Quantum Exchange

Xanadu, a Toronto-based quantum computing firm, has become the first Canadian corporate partner of the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) this month. Specializing in photonic quantum computing, Xanadu also leads the development of PennyLane, an open-source software for quantum programming. The partnership with CQE aligns with Xanadu’s efforts to advance quantum computing accessibility and education, as echoed by CQE CEO Kate Timmerman, who highlighted Xanadu’s contributions to The Bloch Quantum Tech Hub. This collaboration aims to propel the quantum workforce and drive quantum solutions across industries, potentially generating significant economic impact for the Chicago area by 2035.

Wolfram and Classiq Integrate Advanced Quantum Software Tools into Mathematica

Classiq and Wolfram Research have announced a significant partnership integrating Classiq’s quantum computing software into Wolfram Mathematica. This collaboration allows users to develop quantum and classical algorithms within Mathematica, utilizing Classiq’s Quantum Model language for a seamless algorithm development experience. The integrated system enables the definition, visualization, and optimization of quantum algorithms while supporting the compilation of these algorithms for various quantum hardware. This partnership enhances Mathematica’s capabilities in solving complex computational problems, exemplified by the Quantum Differential Equations solver, which leverages classical and quantum computing methods. This strategic alliance aims to foster advanced applications in scientific and engineering fields, enhancing tools for researchers and developers to address complex challenges through integrated quantum-classical computation.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis’ Administration Announces Grants to Create Colorado Technology Hubs

Governor Polis and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade have announced recipients for the Colorado Technology Hub Development Grant, aiming to boost Colorado’s leadership in clean tech, cyber, aerospace, and defense sectors. The initiative supports three regional projects with significant funding to foster innovation, job creation, and technological transition from labs to the market. Each project, receiving up to $750,000, will also focus on workforce development and supporting underrepresented communities. This effort is part of the broader TechHubNow! initiative launched earlier this year to secure Colorado as a Regional Technology and Innovation Hub, strategically positioning the state for future federal funding and technological leadership.

ICFO Researchers Announce the birth of QUIONE, a unique analog quantum processor

Researchers at ICFO in Barcelona, Spain, led by ICREA Professor Leticia Tarruell, have developed QUIONE. This novel quantum-gas microscope uniquely images individual strontium atoms in quantum gases, a first in Spain and a rarity globally. Published in PRX Quantum, their study highlights QUIONE’s capabilities in quantum simulation, enabling the simplification of complex systems into models to address scientific queries beyond the reach of current classical computers. This novel microscope utilizes a strontium gas cooled to near absolute zero and arranged in an optical lattice, allowing for high-resolution imaging and analysis of atomic behaviors like quantum tunneling and superfluidity, showcasing direct manifestations of quantum mechanics and providing insights into the quantum phase of materials. The team anticipates that this technology will enhance the simulation of complex materials and potentially increase computational power for quantum computing applications.

Italian deep tech startup Lithium Lasers raises €2 million to take UV lasers to the next frontier

Lithium Lasers, a Rovereto-based startup specializing in ultrashort pulse laser technology, has secured €2 million in funding to accelerate its industrialization and commercialization efforts, including developing a new line of UV lasers. The investment was led by Primo Space Fund, which contributed €1.5 million, with additional funds from 360 Capital. Founded in 2019, Lithium Lasers has developed FemtoFlash, a laser technology used across various sectors such as aerospace, healthcare, and consumer electronics, known for its precision and ease of integration. This funding boost aims to enhance the company’s capabilities in high-precision manufacturing and expand its technological offerings, including a new UV laser version, to meet the growing demands of the ultrashort laser pulse market, which is projected to reach €3.9 billion by 2028.

In Other News: Wall Street Journal article: “Inside the Race to Revolutionize Quantum Computing” 

A new video shows a recent visit by the Wall Street Journal to IBM’s quantum computing lab highlights the growing belief among experts that quantum computing could be the pivotal technology of the next decade. As artificial intelligence continues to dominate current technological trends, the focus is shifting toward quantum computing, which promises to revolutionize fields by significantly enhancing computing power and capabilities. This shift indicates a major potential transition in technological focus from AI to quantum computing over the next ten years.

In Other News: Investor Place article: “3 Quantum Computing Stocks to Buy Now: Q2 Edition” 

The dynamic growth potential of quantum computing stocks draws significant investor attention as the industry is projected to expand dramatically, with a forecasted market growth of 48.1% CAGR from $713.4 million in 2022 to $6.5 billion by 2028, highlights a recent Investor Place article. Companies like IBM, Honeywell, and IonQ Inc. are key players in this burgeoning field. IBM continues to pioneer with scalable quantum computing technologies accessible via its cloud platform and is developing enhanced systems like the IBM Quantum System Two. Honeywell, known for its diversified portfolio, which includes aerospace and building technologies, is also advancing in quantum computing, potentially increasing its business avenues. IonQ stands out as a pure-play quantum firm, boasting the world’s most powerful 32-qubit quantum computer, signaling strong future growth prospects in a market poised for substantial expansion. This blend of advanced AI capabilities with quantum computing is setting the stage for these firms to lead in solving complex problems that traditional computers cannot manage, offering significant opportunities for forward-thinking investors.

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