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Government backs UK’s first quantum computer

Christian Fernsby |
The UK’s first quantum computer to be commercially available to businesses will be located in Abingdon in Oxfordshire, Science Minister Amanda Solloway announced.

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The new machine will be developed alongside experts from Oxford, London, Bristol and Edinburgh, and forms part of the Minister’s radical ambition for the UK to become the world’s first quantum-ready economy.

Backed by £10 million government and industry investment, this new machine will strengthen the UK’s offer to businesses wanting to explore how they could harness the power of quantum computing in the future.

The new quantum computer will be developed by leading tech company Rigetti Computing, which also developed a cloud-based platform allowing computer programmers to write quantum algorithms. It will work alongside Oxford Instruments, Standard Chartered and Bristol and London-based quantum software start-up Phasecraft, as well as the University of Edinburgh.

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