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Quantum Computing Inc. announces new quantum optimisation machine

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The company says that the nanophotonic device has unique capabilities that can expand the use of quantum technologies

Quantum Computing Inc. (QCi), a quantum optics and nanophononics technology company, has announced its fully commercialised quantum optimisation platform, Dirac-3 (Dirac) Entropy Quantum Computer (EQC). Dirac is a nanophotonic machine designed to address complex problems with larger numbers of variables that require unconventional solutions through the use of nonlinear quantum optics.

The system operates by quickly encoding a problem into Dirac's photonic architecture that is then mixed with the quantum vacuum and through a series of optical feedback loops, modulates the interaction between variables, ultimately settling into a ground state or “optimal solution,” which is then read out.

According to QCi, Dirac is the first and only system of its type to natively solve integer problems using quantum digits (qdits), each qdit having a dimension of 200 discrete modes. The company says this unique capability expands the use of quantum technology far beyond the broader class of optimisation problems and the current quantum computing devices on the market that use quantum bits (qubits). The Dirac system is designed for on-premises installation, is rack mountable (6U), operates at ambient temperature, and requires no special infrastructure for daily use.

QCi notes that the market for accessible quantum optimisation machines continues to expand, referencing its most recent contract with NASA, which will utilise Dirac to optimise spectral analysis of LiDAR from lower earth orbit. In 2023, the federal government awarded 19 contracts purchasing quantum computing technologies and is planning to award twice as many in 2024. QCi says that Dirac is affordable, accessible and unique, making it a perfect fit for this market.

“This product aligns with our strategy to create accessible, affordable, and sustainable entropy quantum computers that will empower optimisation solutions across the healthcare, financial services, supply chain, energy management, autonomous vehicle, and molecular modelling industries,” stated William McGann, CEO of QCi. “We look forward to introducing this disruptive technology to the industry and putting this innovative and proven optimisation machine into the hands of businesses worldwide.”

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