Silicon Quantum Computing on Building Exemplary Technology

You know it’s been a good year while the launch of a $130 million Series A fundraiser is still not considered your biggest news. This is the kind of year Silicon Quantum Computer is experiencing.

Silicon Quantum Computing – Australia’s first quantum computing company – unveiled the world’s first integrated circuit fabricated at the atomic scale earlier this year, publishing an article in Nature magazine demonstrating it.

It’s one of the many milestones and achievements of the five-year-old tech company that has lofty goals to completely revolutionize computing and, therefore, our daily lives. It comes with a simple motto: “quantum computing for the good of humanity”.

Silicon Quantum Computing, which is led by 2018 Australian Professor of the Year Michelle Simmons, has been nominated in two categories of the 2022 InnovationAus Award for Excellence – for the Industry 4.0 award and for the Manufacturing Innovation award.

The winners will be announced at a Black-Tie party at The Cutaway venue in Barangaroo on November 17. You can reserve your place – or reserve a table – at this event by clicking here.

Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC) is part of a global race to bring a large-scale quantum computer into commercial production and aims to do so within the next decade.

The company was launched in May 2017 with $83 million in seed funding from the Commonwealth Government, UNSW Sydney, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Telstra and the NSW Government.

It was formed to commercialize core intellectual property from the Australian Center of Excellence for Quantum Computing and Communications Technology, led by Professor Simmons and his colleagues Professor Sven Rogge, Andrew Dzurak and Andrea Morello.

In its short life, SQC has achieved many world firsts, including the longest coherence times, the most faithful qubits in the solid state, the ability to optically address single dopant atoms in silicon, quietest silicon devices and the first two 2-qubit gates in silicon.

The company now holds 94 issued patents in 32 different patent families, registered in several relevant global jurisdictions.

When she first embarked on quantum computing research, Professor Simmons decided to take a different approach from her rivals, working instead with atoms of silicon, the semiconductor used in the chip manufacturing for 70 years.

SQC now has a team of world-renowned quantum scientists and engineers, as well as business professionals, developing and commercializing unique atomic quantum processors from its headquarters in Sydney.

The company is focused on partnerships and delivering the world’s first commercially useful quantum processor by 2028, with many milestones planned on the way forward.

The first stage is a demonstration of a prototype quantum computer within the next 18 months and the closing of the $130 million Series A capital round.

Professor Simmons, who is also Scientia Professor of Quantum Physics at the University of NSW, has officially taken on the role of CEO of Silicon Quantum Computing to undertake this process.

The company has focused heavily on R&D and has invested more than $15 million in specialized equipment and inputs, such as scanning tunneling microscopes, dilution refrigerators, and electron beam lithography devices.

Professor Simmons leads Australia’s quantum industry and has worked hard to keep most of her business local.

“We realized when we started the company that we wanted to control the manufacturing and the process so much here in Australia,” she said recently.

“When you develop hardware, you need to have the full supply chain here so you can develop it in-house.”

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Sherry J. Basler