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Introducing Australia’s first quantum computing hardware company

George Nott | Aug. 25, 2017
Silicon Quantum Computing launches with high-profile board and investment boost.


Huge potential

Telstra’s Hugh Bradlow reiterated the telco’s aim, revealed in June, to offer quantum computing to customers ‘as-a-service’.

“Everyone knows that Telstra aims to be a globally leading technology company and if we’re going to do that we have to be at the forefront of 21st Century computing. [When realised] our customers are going to have access to a computer of unprecedented power and they’re not going to have the faintest idea of how to use it. So it’s Telstra’s aim to be in a position that, when that happens, we are skilled and knowledgeable about how to deliver those services to our customers. We look forward to taking [SQC’s] products and putting them into our cloud services offerings in the future,” he said.

Dilan Rajasingham, head of emerging technologies at Commonwealth Bank of Australia spoke of the huge potential of the technology.

“Quantum computing is a revolutionary technology. It will transform the world as we know it. We’ve invested more than $14m in quantum computing, because we believe in its future promise, we believe in its future capability, we believe in its potential as a differentiator. Not just for those of us involved, but also for Australia in general,” he said.

“We believe that quantum computing could be the foundation of a new high-tech ecosystem that can comes from Australia, our home, our biggest market and a key part of our identity. More than that though we are creating something new…Even though the machine is still a few years away, the time for investment is now. “

Senator Arthur Sinodinos, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, said the company would help give Australia a competitive advantage over the rest of the world.

"As a country we punch above our weight when it comes to knowledge creation but we really need to be doing more when it comes to commercialising our great ideas here in Australia. It’s very important we do that. That’s not to say we commercialise every idea in this country but too many ideas do go offshore,” Sinodinos said.

"Whatever sector of innovation we want to be really good in, we want to be world beaters. We want to create a competitive advantage, command a premium. And you do that by doing something new, something others find it hard to replicate or it takes them time to replicate, and by the time they’ve replicated it you’ve moved on to something else. This is what this is all about, creating a world competitive advantage that we can build on with great upstream and downstream effects over time.”


Global race

The SQC is now part of a global race to build a quantum computer, building on the silicon-based approach of the CQC2T.


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