Tencent technology news, according to foreign media reports, Samsung and a sovereign wealth fund in the United Arab Emirates are leading a new round of $55 million financing for quantum computing start-up ionq.
At this stage, the focus of IonQ is on a project called
Ionq's method is expected to realize the so-called universal quantum computer, an unrealized machine, which is expected to produce huge scientific and commercial breakthroughs in the next few years, such as new drugs and materials.
The method of capturing ions is an alternative to superconducting qubits in the new quantum computing field. Using superconducting qubits is the route adopted by start-ups such as Google, IBM and rigetti computing. Superconducting technology does not rely on laser to manipulate the suspended ions, but to cool the specially designed semiconductor to a very low temperature.
Ionq is not the only company pursuing ion trap technology. Last year, industry group Honeywell said it was also trying to develop quantum computers using similar technologies.
Samsung will join technology giants Amazon and Google venture capital firm GV as supporters of ionq. Some other companies, as well as new enterprise associates, the venture capital firm that led the investment in ionq in the previous round of financing activities, increased its investment amount again in this round of financing activities.
Mubadala capital, the UAE investment fund, and Samsung led the latest round of financing activities for ionq. The valuation of ionq has not been disclosed.
Peter Chapman has run IonQ since he resigned as Project Director for Amazon Prime earlier this year. He said he was interested in using Samsung in.
Google's and IBM's methods require large refrigeration units that must be operated carefully in special data centers and accessed remotely through cloud computing.
Francis he (Francis Ho), co-head of the Samsung venture fund, said he believed the ion trap could not be used
Francis, who has a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University, said he and ionq's co-founder, Jungang Kim, were classmates.
In a statement, Young Sohn, Samsung's president and chief strategy officer, compared the emergence of quantum computing with other revolutionary technologies such as transistors, lasers and mobile phones.
Prior to IonQ financing, it was revealed that Google claimed to have implemented
So far, IonQ has raised a total of $77 million. Other investors include ACME,Airbus Ventures,Osage University Partners (OUP), Hewlett Packard Pathfinder,Tao Capital Partners,Correlation,Cooley and A