Researchers at the universities will utilise the components to conduct experiments with the goal of making significant scientific breakthroughs, academic contributions and product innovations. While the focus of the co-operation will initially be on hardware, research and knowledge exchange, it is to be broadened later with a view to building full-stack quantum computers for scientific and commercial purposes in Israel.
Juha Vartiainen, COO of IQM, said providing commercial-grade quantum-computing hardware to global research groups is a strategic goal for the startup.
“This co-operation is also a significant milestone for our co-operation in the world-class quantum ecosystem in Israel. As quantum computers develop further, the knowhow developed in Israel – for example, around machine learning and quantum software – is going to become more critical in the future,” he stated.
“We look forward to a fruitful, long-term scientific and commercial co-operation.”
Nadav Katz, professor leading the research group at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said the university is similarly excited about the co-operation, having already measured several consistently high-coherence devices developed by IQM.
“This is just the beginning of a productive and fruitful joint venture,” he said.