(TechCrunch) TechCrunch leads with Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) CEO Ilyas Khan description of today’s Honeywell announcement, “The best-kept secret in quantum computing”. In a race where most of the major players are vying for attention, Honeywell has quietly worked on its efforts for the last few years. Now, Honeywell has announced a major breakthrough that it claims will allow it to launch the world’s most powerful quantum computer within the next three months.
Honeywell also today announced that it has made strategic investments in CQC and Zapata Computing, both of which focus on the software side of quantum computing. The company has also partnered with JPMorgan Chase to develop quantum algorithms using Honeywell’s quantum computer. The company also recently announced a partnership with Microsoft.
“It starts really with the heritage that Honeywell had to work from,” Tony Uttley, the president of Honeywell Quantum Solutions, told TechCrunch’s Frederic Lardinois. “And we, because of our businesses within aerospace and defense and our business in oil and gas .. . with our integration of complex control systems because of our chemicals and materials businesses — we had all of the underlying pieces for quantum computing.. . .You need to have ultra-high vacuum system capabilities. You need to have cryogenic capabilities. You need to have precision control. You need to have lasers and photonic capabilities. You have to have magnetic and vibrational stability capabilities. And for us, we had our own foundry and so we are able to literally design our architecture from the trap up.”