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ColdQuanta Adds Super.tech, Launches Cold Atom Quantum Computer

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BOULDER, Colo., May 12, 2022 — Quantum technology company ColdQuanta has acquired Super.tech, a quantum platform developer that specializes in quantum software application. ColdQuanta also announced the beta launch of Hilbert, the company’s gate-based cold atom quantum computer. Hilbert will be initially available in beta, the company said, before integration with public cloud services, which will be introduced later this year.

The acquisition of Super.tech transforms ColdQuanta into a multiplatform, quantum hardware and software company. The acquisition will also serve to enhance the capabilities of Hilbert; Super.tech will improve circuit performance via pulse-level optimization, optimized transpilation, and error mitigation techniques. The ability to deeply optimize the physics of quantum computers can greatly increase their efficiency and shave years off the timeline for addressing practical applications, ColdQuanta said.

Super.tech’s full team of quantum information scientists and software developers, including CEO Pranav Gokhale and chief scientist Fred Chong, will join ColdQuanta and lead the company’s new Chicago office. The establishment of a Chicago office will allow the company to tap into the talent and innovation from the University of Chicago, the Chicago Quantum Exchange, and the city’s startup ecosystem, Chong said.

Super.tech, which was spun out of the EPiQC, an NSF Expedition in Computing at the University of Chicago, is based in Chicago. It is also incubated by Duality, an accelerator dedicated exclusively to supporting quantum startups that is operated by the Chicago Quantum Exchange and the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center.


In April, ColdQuanta, with partners Riverlane and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, successfully ran a quantum algorithm on a cold atom qubit array system, code-named “AQuA” — a demonstration that was reportedly an industry first. The team used an architecture in which individual atoms were addressed with tightly focused optical beams scanned across a two-dimensional array of qubits.

Gate model quantum computers are anticipated to solve currently difficult computational problems if they can be operated at scale with long coherence times and high-fidelity logic. Cold atom hyperfine qubits provide inherent scalability due to their identical characteristics, long coherence times, and ability to be trapped in dense multidimensional arrays. Hilbert is a 100-qubit-scale computer that builds on the work conducted in this research.

ColdQuanta additionally joined the IBM Quantum Network within the past year, allowing it and IBM to pursue joint development opportunities with the goal of accelerating the adoption of quantum technologies.


Published: May 2022
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