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Germany Unveils Quantum Computer to Keep Europe in Global Tech Race


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IBM's Quantum System One.

IBM said the device it is building will be Europe's first and most powerful quantum computer.

Credit: IBM

Germany unveiled a quantum computer this week.

Under construction by IBM, the device will be managed by German research organization Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, for use by researchers and companies developing and testing quantum algorithms.

Germany announced last year a €2-billion (U.S.$2.37-billion) investment in quantum over the ensuing five years, to be supplemented by the European Commission's €1-billion (U.S.$1.19-billion) fund for quantum technologies.

Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated that it is time for Europe to catch up to the U.S. and China, which hold the greatest number of patents related to quantum computing.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's Reimund Neugebauer said partnerships have been forged with companies and universities to use the computer, although he declined to name them.

From Politico
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