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 Finnish quantum computing startup IQM has pledged to provide commercial-grade hardware to researchers at two universities in Israel. Image: IQM

IQM embarks on co-operation with two universities in Israel

Espoo, Finland-based IQM Quantum Computers has announced a collaborative project that will see it provide commercial-grade quantum-computing hardware to two universities in Israel, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv.

Aleksi Teivainen

12.04.2022

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.

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