This is the most exciting new technology of the future: the quantum computer. Technology that can radically transform banking, cryptography and pharmaceutical development is still evolving. A dozen Dutch companies are at the forefront of Europe.
One of these companies – Quant & Co., based in Amsterdam, which develops software for quantum computers – announced on Tuesday that it was merging with French computer maker Pasqal. Companies like Google, Alibaba, Tencent and IBM hope that they will be strong in the European effort to take a stand against China and the US investing billions in the development of new generation computers.
The new enrollment – now with about sixty employees – will continue with its headquarters in Paris under the name Pascal. Software development will continue from Amsterdam. Quno Co CEO and Founder Benno Broer will be the Business Director.
As a reaction, Broiler says he chose Pascal in the hopes of creating “a European champion”. He rejected the offers of American parties that “have a lot of money and buy everything loose in Europe.” “It may be good for your wallet, but it doesn’t make me very happy,” he says.
Experts agree that quantum computing will have a major impact on future technological applications. How is not yet clear.
A normal computer works with bits that can take a value of 0 or 1. A quantum system consists of cupids, which are part 1 and part 0, so many calculations can be done simultaneously. Theoretically, it is possible for a quantum computer to make uncertain calculations many times faster, for example weather or climate models. “As a result, it is a growing market with enormous potential,” says Freak Heijmann, director of environmental systems at Quantum Delta NL, a partnership between research institutes and organizations. Technology is growing at lightning speed, due in part to large investments. Scientists at the Chinese University of Science and Technology in Shanghai said In June last year Has developed the most powerful quantum system to date. A complex calculation that would take eight years for the current generation of computers was solved by a Zuchongzhi quantum computer in more than an hour with a processor of 56 quits.
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It hopes to make the Chinese computer faster than Google’s quantum technology, which by 2029 will be able to build a multi – application quantum computer. To achieve this, Google has created a quantum AI campus in California and will invest billions of dollars in technology in the coming years.
All this “quantum technology in the 21st century was a space adventure for engineers in the 1950s and 1960s,” Pascal CEO Georges-Oliver Raymond told the French newspaper. Echoes In the description of the connection.
In the rapid war, Europe is now trying to capture. Europe does not have to rely on large technology companies to make significant investments, but on relying on the best universities with good scientists and beginners to come up with the result. Last year, the cabinet allocated more than 600 million euros to Quantum Delta NL to build a network of 100 start-ups in the Netherlands.
The same Netherlands is now ‘losing’ a start-up and a billion dollar company to France through Qu&C. Isn’t this very sad? “The Netherlands is happy to invest in this, but the game is being played on a global scale. If we start thinking only in terms of the Netherlands, we will not get a chance in advance,” Broyer said.
A version of this article was also published in the NRC on the morning of January 12, 2022
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