Five French start-ups in the quantum race
By Ingrid Vergara Published 1 minute ago , Update 1 minute ago Pasqal raised 100 million euros earlier this year, a record for a quantum start-up in the European Union.…
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Pasqal raised 100 million euros earlier this year, a record for a quantum start-up in the European Union. Bartek Wróblewski/AdobeStock
These French companies are well placed in the race to develop the quantum computer.
Pasqal, the bet of neutral atoms
Crowned with the Nobel Prize in Physics obtained in 2022 by its co-founder Alain Aspect, Pasqal raised 100 million euros at the start of the year, a record for a quantum start-up in the European Union. Emanating from a research laboratory of the Institute of Optics, the company was founded in 2019. To develop its future quantum computer, the French company has bet on neutral atom technology (having as many electrons as protons), which are controlled at room temperature. It develops both the processors and the hardware part needed to build a quantum machine, but also the software and algorithms adapted to these technologies. With this total control of the value chain, the company is moving forward quickly. It has already sold quantum systems to two high-performance computing centers in France and Germany.
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It intends to present this year a machine of 1000 qubits (the basic unit of quantum calculation). Pasqal also collaborates with…