IonQ, a leader in ion trap quantum computing, has announced its plans to open the first manufacturing plant specialized in producing quantum computers in Seattle, United States.
IonQ’s expanding R&D and manufacturing team will be based in the new building as they continue to develop technologies to fulfil ongoing client demand. The new manufacturing facility will support creating of world-class trapped-ion quantum systems while meeting the increasing demands for quantum computing in commercial applications.
The site will contain IonQ’s second quantum data centre and be the company’s principal North American production engineering location. Over the next few years, IonQ intends to create thousands of new employment opportunities in the region.
The 65,000-square-foot facility is in Bothell, Washington, a Seattle suburb home to area tech and pharma companies such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Panasonic, and Seattle Genetics, as well as academic institutions such as the University of Washington.
The opening of a new office in the Pacific Northwest is the latest in a string of events for IonQ. In the year 2022, IonQ and the U.S. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) of the Department of Energy stated that their public-private cooperation had resulted in a sustainable and resilient supply of barium qubits for IonQ’s next generation of barium-based quantum computers.
Dr Dave Mehuys, IonQ Vice President of Product Engineering, who joined IonQ in March 2022 from a top leadership post at Psiquantum, will oversee the construction of the new facility. Dr Mehuys, who has over two decades of expertise managing systems hardware engineering, module component engineering, customer support, and manufacturing operations, will be instrumental in IonQ’s growth in the region.
IonQ’s quantum systems are offered on the region’s two largest cloud platforms, Amazon Braket and Azure Quantum. With 25 #AQ, IonQ Ariabe became the world’s most potent known quantum computer last year. Airbus, GE, Dow Chemistry, Hyundai Motors, the United States Air Force Research Laboratory, and the University of Maryland have all recently announced corporate and federal contracts.
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