Singapore Launches Two New Programs To Boost The Growth Of Quantum Computing Technology

Singapore has launched two new programs to boost talent development and make nascent technology more accessible. Deputy prime minister Heng Swee Keat announced the launch of the  National Quantum Computing Hub and the National Quantum Fabless Foundry at the second Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG) summit. The event was organized by the Infocomm Media Development Authority and was held at the Millenia Singapore hotel.

The quantum computing hub will get resources from the Center for Quantum Technologies and other institutions. The first quantum computer that will be built in Singapore will be exhibited at the hub. The hub, fabless foundry, and the National Quantum-Safe Network will receive funding of $23.5 million from the  Quantum Engineering Programme (QEP) for the next 3½ years. This investment is part of Singapore’s Research, Innovation, and Enterprise 2020 plan. Scientists will develop the components and materials for producing quantum computers at the foundry. Government agencies and companies will be allowed access to the devices; they’ll also get a chance to test them. 

QEP believes that the hub will help train government agencies and company users about quantum technology. They’ll become quantum literate with first-hand knowledge about quantum technology and its limitations. The experience will be better than when the computers are accessed over a cloud network. There’ll be less lead time and lag. The initiative is to build Singapore’s first quantum computer at the fabless foundry. It will give them first-hand knowledge of quantum computers from development to maintenance. Singapore is responding to recent disruptions, global trends, and new Post-Covid-19 challenges. Investing in quantum computers is one of the viable ways they want to achieve that.

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