Building the U.S. Quantum Industry
U.S. Consortium Pulls Ecosystem Into Quantum
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+ The U.S. government is fostering the idea of quantum computing as a nascent industry on a typical technology trajectory—one that the U.S. wants to dominate. The National Quantum Initiative Act became law in December 2018, but even before that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) signed a cooperative research and development agreement with the nonprofit SRI International (Menlo Park, California) to run a U.S. consortium that will help jump start the U.S. quantum computing industry.
With countries such as China and Russia striving for quantum computers, support for the U.S. quantum computing industry sailed through Congress with bipartisan support.
+ [T]he Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QEDC or QED-C), consists of public and private entities with interest in building the U.S. quantum industry. The group is helping to identify markets and use cases, encourage and engage in research, and establish metrics, standards and a workforce for quantum. Governmental agencies supporting the effort include NIST, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Energy (DoE).
+ QEDC membership is now open to industry, academia, and governmental agencies. Its list of members already is robust, with more than 60 entities, including Amazon, Google, ARM, AT&T, Boeing, Citi, IBM, Intel, Keysight, KLA, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, Microchip/Microsemi. SEMI supported the QEDC at the recent SEMICON West conference with press lunches, a two-hour tech talk and a show-and-tell of IBM’s Q quantum computer.
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