May 17, 2022

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Schumer gets GlobalFoundries $25M grant for quantum computer


MALTA – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer has secured a $25 million grant to help GlobalFoundries and a Silicon Valley company develop a next-generation “quantum” computer that would leapfrog today’s most advanced systems.

GlobalFoundries and PsiQuantum, Palo Alto, Calif. have been working to develop quantum computers that operate using photons, or light.

The U.S. government has been doing research on quantum computing out of  Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, Oneida County, and the work being done between GlobalFoundries and PsiQuantum on quantum computing will aid that development under the new grant secured by Schumer.

Quantum computers are largely theoretical at this point, operating under the idea that certain physical properties of atoms can be used to make computing infinitely more powerful. They use special atoms called qubits that can exist not in only a state of a binary “1” and “0” signal but somewhere in between. Even the most powerful computers in current use employ multiple combinations of these “1” or “0” signals to operate. The in-between state should allow for exponentially faster computing power. These computers will have to be very large, the size of an industrial building, according to PsiQuantum.

GlobalFoundries and PsiQuantum have been working together on photon quantum computing for years and announced a technology breakthrough in May 2021 when they announced that they had developed a photon “reader” that will be able to see a qubit and integrate it into a computing device that will also use traditional silicon photon-powered chips.
 
“The next frontier of quantum computing technology is being developed right here in Upstate New York. I am proud to deliver this $25 million in federal funding for this expanded partnership between GlobalFoundries and PsiQuantum to bolster the cutting edge research being done out of the Rome Lab, create new jobs, and secure America’s future as the leader of cutting edge technology,” Schumer said.

Schumer added that China is in a race to make the world’s first quantum computer before the U.S.
  
Last year, the Air Force Research Lab in Rome was named the Quantum Information Science Research Center for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. 



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