(TechCrunch) D-Wave Systems has announced a partnership with Japanese industrial giant NEC to build what they call “hybrid apps and services” that work on a combination of NEC high-performance computers and D-Wave’s quantum systems.
NEC will be investing $10 million in D-Wave, which has raised $204 million prior to this.
D-Wave says it is one of the earliest deals between a quantum vendor and a multinational IT company with the size and scale of NEC. The two companies will also work together with NEC customers to build applications that will take advantage of this hybrid approach. Also, NEC will be an authorized reseller of D-Wave cloud services.
For NEC, which claims to have demonstrated the world’s first quantum bit device way back in 1999, it is about finding ways to keep advancing commercial quantum computing.