The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has selected Microsoft and PsiQuantum to design prototype technologies that could demonstrate how underexplored quantum computing approaches can achieve utility-scale operation.
The companies will move forward to the next phase of DARPA’s Underexplored Systems for Utility-Scale Quantum Computing program to develop and defend a system design for a fault-tolerant quantum computer prototype, the agency said Thursday.
According to DARPA, the US2QC system must demonstrate that a utility-scale quantum computer can operate as intended.
Each prototype system design must identify components and sub-systems and establish minimum performance requirements.
DARPA will lead a team of technical experts to test and evaluate the prototypes.
The US2QC design phase is expected to run through March 2025.