Singapore increasing investments in quantum computing with 2 new programmes & $23.5 million
(StraitsTimes) Singapore is increasing its investments in quantum computing with two new initiatives aimed at boosting talent development and providing better access to the technology. IQT-News shares the announcement below.
Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday (May 31) announced the launch of the National Quantum Computing Hub, which will pool expertise and resources from the Centre for Quantum Technologies and other institutions, and the National Quantum Fabless Foundry. The hub and fabless foundry are part of the National Research Foundation’s Quantum Engineering Programme (QEP), along with the National Quantum Safe-Network announced in February.
The three initiatives will receive at least $23.5 million from the QEP for up to 3½ years under Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 plan.
The foundry will develop the components and materials needed to build quantum computers and devices.
The hub will also host Singapore’s first quantum computer of its own and allow companies and government agencies to access and test it out directly instead of over a cloud network, which means less lead time and lag.
“Our investment in quantum computing and quantum engineering is part of our approach of trying to anticipate the future, and proactively shaping the future that we want,” Mr Heng said in announcing the investments.
Sandra K. Helsel, Ph.D. has been researching and reporting on frontier technologies since 1990. She has her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona