Israel Innovation Authority makes big push to develop quantum computing technology

The Israel Innovation Authority announced on Sunday the largest consortium in its history to develop quantum computing technology in Israel, with a three-year budget of NIS 115 million (about $32.5 million).

The consortium will promote two quantum processor technologies — trapped ions and superconductors — which are the most advanced and mature technologies available today, as well as deep quantum software. Key developments that will be prioritized include quantum processors, system building blocks, coherent control tools, noise characterization and reduction software, and fully automated software environments from application level to physical implementation.

The consortium’s offerings will include system technology demonstrations of tens of qubit-scale quantum computing systems, which will help propel Israeli industry at the forefront of technological advancement. As the technology matures, the Innovation Authority plans to incentivize Israel’s R&D industry to use the technology with the help of a quantum computer laboratory currently under construction.

Five Israeli companies are members of the alliance: IAI Group’s Elta Systems division, Quantum Art, Classiq, Qedma, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. In addition, technology development will be supported by leading Israeli academic entities: Prof. Nadav Katz, Alex Retzker and Raam Uzdin, Hebrew University; Prof. Roee Ozeri, Weizmann Institute; Prof. Michael Stern, Bar-Ilan University; Prof. Steven Frankel, Technion and Prof. Tal Mor; and a research team led by Dr. Ohad Birk, Soroka Hospital.

“Quantum computers will fundamentally change the world we live in, on a scale similar to that brought about by the entry of computers into our daily lives over the past 50 years, and possibly even more so,” said Dr. Ami Appelbaum, Chairman of the Innovation Authority. “Quantum computers are critical to the resilience of the State of Israel and the ability of the Israeli economy to continue to grow.”

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