Quantum Tech

Keysight and AIST partner for quantum research

12th June 2024
Sheryl Miles

Harnessing the power of quantum technologies promises to spur widespread innovation by using the fundamental laws of quantum mechanics to solve problems that are impossible using current technologies.

However, building a strong quantum ecosystem takes time and requires significant investments from both national governments and private industry. These efforts also require the cooperation of the academic and government quantum research communities.

Recognising this need, Keysight and Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on quantum research and to drive the industrialization of quantum technologies.

Keysight’s Dr. Eric Holland (left) and AIST’s Norimitsu Murayama signed the agreement to collaborate on quantum research and drive quantum industrialisation.

“We’re in the early days of quantum, and while there is steady scientific progress, we need sustained collaboration among all members of the quantum community to make this a viable commercial technology,” said Dr. Eric Holland, General Manager for Keysight’s Quantum Engineering Solutions group. “By formalising a quantum collaboration with our long-time partner AIST, Keysight will be able to help quantum move forward as an industry with our unique expertise and solutions.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Keysight and AIST will focus extensively on exploring quantum control technologies, low-temperature electronics device technology, and modelling and simulation, as well as the standardisation of these items in fields such as quantum computing and quantum sensing.

At the centre of the collaboration will be the Global Research Centre for Quantum-AI Fusion Technology Business Development (G-QuAT), a revolutionary research facility that will feature a 1,000-qubit quantum computer. AIST will integrate and link the G-QuAT’s evaluation testbeds, device manufacturing capabilities, and computing infrastructure with Keysight's quantum control technologies and 5G / 6G evaluation technologies.

“Japan has an ambitious 10-year plan to become a leader in quantum and Keysight is synergistically aligned to help deliver on these plans,” said Holland. “Linking our quantum control technologies to the G-QuAT facility will truly make it a world-class quantum research facility.”

The cooperation is expected to drive new technological developments and market creation, helping to help industrialise quantum technologies in Japan and globally.

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