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Silicon Valley Up-Start, Atom Computing, Chooses Colorado to Build Next- Generation Quantum Computers

At a ceremony, today, attended by members from the federal, state, and local governments as well as the Colorado congressional delegation, and industry, and academic partners, Atom Computing announced the launch of its new research and development center in Boulder.

Future generations of Atom's highly scalable quantum computers, which utilize atomic arrays of optically trapped neutral atoms, will be housed at the new facility, which is Atom's largest to date. In 2018, the business established its first location—which doubles as its worldwide headquarters—in Berkeley, California.

The Boulder facility, according to Governor Jared Polis, is a substantial and crucial investment in Colorado and proof that the state is quickly becoming the leading center for quantum computing innovation both domestically and internationally.

Boulder, which is already one of the most vibrant locations in the world for the quantum computing industry, is thrilled to welcome Atom Computing, according to Polis. Atom Computing's presence "helps further position Colorado as an economic leader for the next great wave of technology development and will create additional well-paying employment for Coloradans," according to the statement.

Atom Computing, which secured $60 million in a Series B earlier this year to create its second-generation devices, has reached a significant turning point with the Boulder location. Phoenix, a 100-qubit prototype system owned by the business and located in Berkeley, recently broke a coherence time record.

Since our atomic arrays have the ability to expand larger and quicker than other qubit technologies, top academics and businesses are choosing to collaborate with Atom Computing to create quantum-enabled products, according to Rob Hays, CEO of Atom Computing.

According to Hays, the business decided on Colorado because of the state's top personnel and quantum knowledge, and it intends to increase its presence there.

As we create our roadmap and add additional staff to support those initiatives, we anticipate investing $100 million in Colorado over the following three years, he added.

The choice to establish a facility in Boulder was also influenced by the company's close links to Colorado, according to Atom Computing's founder and CTO, Ben Bloom.

One of the most precise atomic clocks in the world was built by famous physicist Dr. Jun Ye while Bloom was a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado-Boulder. "Many of our team members, myself included, have links with local colleges," said Bloom. We're dedicated to Colorado.

The new facility, according to Jun Ye, Atom's current scientific advisor, is a significant improvement to the quantum ecology.

Ye, a professor of physics at CU Boulder, commented that it was "very satisfying to watch our recent CU grads emerge as the early trailblazers of the quickly emerging quantum business." This "creates a robust ecosystem for the greatest science and technology to flourish side-by-side, giving excellent chances for Colorado students to lead the next wave of quantum research and commercial advancements."

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