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Sigma-i and D-Wave Announce Largest-Ever Quantum Cloud-Access Contract

By IQT News posted 03 Jul 2019

(GlobeNewsWire) Sigma-i Co., Ltd. and D-Wave Systems Inc., the leader in quantum computing systems, software, and services, today announced the companies have signed the largest-ever global quantum cloud contract. Sigma-i will offer quantum consulting services and access to the D-Wave 2000Q family of systems via D-Wave’s quantum cloud service, Leap™, to companies, universities, and research laboratories throughout Japan.
“With this announcement, Japanese researchers and forward-thinking businesses can now benefit from the combination of Sigma-i’s deep quantum expertise and D-Wave’s powerful quantum systems to further quantum computing throughout Japan,” said Vern Brownell, CEO of D-Wave. “This contract signals the ongoing growth of our cloud business and the increasing interest in quantum computing worldwide.”
“In Japan, many companies look forward to the real-world applications that quantum computing can and will bring,” said Masayuki Ohzeki, CEO of Sigma-i. “This contract couples our quantum expertise with D-Wave’s powerful quantum computing systems, bridging the gap between industry and academia, and ushering in a new era of quantum computing in Japan.”
Sigma-i, Co., Ltd. is an “academic tech company,” which was established by Prof. Masayuki Ohzeki, Kentaro Ise, and Dr. Masamichi Miyama, Tohoku University Quantum Annealing Research & Development, with the full support of SPARX Group Co., Ltd. (SPARX; TSE1: 8739). Its mission is to tangibly deliver brand new technologies after they have been developed within universities and/or research laboratories.

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