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Tuesday, November 24 2020 - 19:00
NPL and Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) collaborate in quantum computing
LONDON, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- NPL supports Cambridge Quantum Computing to accelerate R&D through to 
commercialisation of their novel quantum photonic products 
- Incubation and collaboration with pioneering companies helps drive innovation 
within UK quantum sector 

Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) [] 
are working with Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) to accelerate research and 
development to support the commercialisation and optimisation of their quantum 
technologies, such as IronBridge(TM), and help with the characterisation of 
photonic components. This includes the metrology of emerging ultra-low loss 
optical connectors, for example, to meet the exacting requirements of IEC 
standards for improving the efficiency of quantum optical networks. 

CQC's IronBridge(TM) is a photonic quantum device, built to provide high grade 
entropy to be used for post-quantum encryption algorithms, cached entropy 
generation for IoT devices, key generation for certificates, quantum 
watermarking and many other use cases in cybersecurity, science, engineering, 
finance and gaming by utilising verifiable quantum randomness. 

NPL is the UK's National Metrology Institute and home to the Quantum Metrology 
Institute, which brings together NPL's cutting-edge quantum science and 
metrology research and provides the expertise and facilities needed for 
academia and industry to test, validate, and ultimately commercialise new 
quantum research and technologies.

This collaboration will provide CQC with access to NPL's experts and 
world-class facilities and is a great example of how partnerships can help 
drive innovation within the UK. Supporting high tech companies like CQC at an 
early stage of the development of quantum computers ensures maximum benefit 
from their photonic products and quantum processes ultimately increasing the 
optimisation ability from a lab environment to practicality in the real world. 

Irshaad Fatadin, Principal Research Scientist, NPL states: "This strategic 
research partnership is an exciting opportunity for further collaboration in 
quantum computing applications spanning cybersecurity, drug development, AI, 
modelling, traffic, network optimisation and climate change to name but a few. 
I am confident that this collaboration will have a lasting impact by supporting 
CQC, currently at a crucial stage in the development of quantum computers and 
devices, to extract maximum benefit from their novel photonic products using 
world-leading metrology from NPL which will lead to UK quantum products 
competing in world markets."

Ilyas Khan, CEO of CQC says: "NPL are globally respected as a centre of 
excellence in cutting edge technologies and our collaboration with them on this 
highly innovative quantum computing project is a noteworthy milestone. In 
addition to NPL's respected scientific depth and credibility, NPL brings the 
required metrology expertise to develop technologies for the quantum computing 
era. We look forward to developing advances together and in particular in 
developing verifiable quantum entropy for use in critical cybersecurity areas 
as well as inputs for monte carlo simulations."

About NPL
NPL []is the UK's National Metrology Institute, providing 
the measurement capability that underpins the UK's prosperity and quality of 

From new antibiotics to tackle resistance and more effective cancer treatments, 
to secure quantum communications and superfast 5G, technological advances must 
be built on a foundation of reliable measurement to succeed. Building on over a 
century's worth of expertise, our science, engineering and technology provides 
this foundation. We save lives, protect the environment and enable citizens to 
feel safe and secure, as well as support international trade and commercial 
innovation. As a national laboratory, our advice is always impartial and 
independent, meaning consumers, investors, policymakers and entrepreneurs can 
always rely on the work we do.

Based in Teddington, south-west London, NPL employs over 600 scientists. NPL 
also has regional bases across the UK, including at the University of Surrey, 
the University of Strathclyde, the University of Cambridge and the University 
of Huddersfield's 3M Buckley Innovation Centre.

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About Cambridge Quantum Computing
Founded in 2014 and backed by some of the world's leading quantum computing 
companies, CQC is a global leader in quantum software and quantum algorithms 
that help clients get the best out of rapidly evolving quantum computing 
hardware. For more information, visit CQC at

Source - National Physical Laboratory (NPL)