Quantum Computing is strongly innovative, promising to replace the traditional computing and powerful computing systems. You still need a quantum computer or dedicated hardware for the technology to work. A goal created by Alice & Bob, which has just raised 27 million euros
Considered part of the future of supercomputing and part of computing, quantum technology continues to evolve. In this context, quantum computers use specific phenomena for quantum mechanics. The technology therefore opposes devices that use electricity exclusively. In short, quantum computers are intended to perform calculations that are extremely complex for a conventional computer.
With that in mind, Alice & Bob is building a “processor” as well as an “error-tolerant” quantum computer. The main problem with this technology is the ability of these machines to correct errors that actually occur when creating a qubit. Current research shows that it is very difficult for any machine to remain in quantum state. Disruption, even infinite, will cause errors, and thus distort even the slightest calculation.
That’s why the company’s goal, created by Raphaël Lescanne and Théau Peronnin, is to create a “completely secure” qubit capable of correcting these errors. To achieve this, managers have recently shown that their products were able to stay stable for a few minutes on one of the two errors (compared to a few milliseconds for the rest of the competition).
A “Bell Labs” in Quantum Mode
To run its own research, the company has therefore raised 27 million euros from Elaia, Bpifrance (through its Digital Venture Fund), Supernova Invest and Breega. A circular table that, for the purpose of accelerating, doubles the size of the team (currently 40 employees) and maintains a roadmap that is firmly rooted in R&D. For the first machines, they should be delivered in 2026.
” Ellis & Bob is still a research firm. A kind of Bell Lab, which will be able to present a stable quantum bit for all errors within the next 18 months“The company’s roadmap is now able to fix the second type of qubit error,” said Theu Peronin, the company’s researcher and co-founder.
The strategy of this type of company is actually to create qubits which is strong against error. To achieve this, the company implements optimal control engineering design for stable quantum systems by default. ” Currently, no Quantum computer replaces traditional equipment, our ambition is to create superconductors with optimal control. In short, we sell computing power by getting our hands on the entire hardware chain. We work on everything from design to machine performance“, Explained the manager.
Quantum Computer: For Which Market?
If the subject is present for the moment, especially in the case of research, business use already exists. According to McKinsey estimates, the market is estimated to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars over the next 5 or even 10 years. Markets by Quantum Computer are primarily concerned with high-dimensional optimization. One naturally thinks of sophisticated engineering through the resolution of aeronautical chains, fluid mechanics, or even the system of equations related to the neural learning network for AI.
Another particularly notable use is that Quantum computers have a unique ability to mimic the functionality of proteins. ” This represents a profound paradigm shift, such as the discovery of penicillin, as well as a technical and sovereign problem.“, Added Théau Peronnin.
Nevertheless, quantum technologies should replace classical calculation methods in 5 to 7 years. It should be possible to develop relevant applications, through training machines. The next new problem is intended to be encoded. Or even to analyze the effects of these same machines to validate economic models or not.
An already existing skills deficit
The development of quantum technology animates it with human presence. If you have the necessary skills. ” We lack skills. It is important to recruit suitable people for the subject. Companies must improve the skills of their team. Otherwise the ‘first get first’ rule will apply. Professionals who have taken an active approach will have some competitive advantages that will greatly encourage innovation“, Says Theu Peronin.
So it is expected that the technology will first stimulate certain markets. Which will then allow the emergence of new uses. Once the potential of a quantum computer has been demonstrated, new announcements will have to be made towards the development of the next one. So it depends on the company that trains their employees in this regard. Otherwise to hire skilled researchers in this discipline.
Quantum: “The Land of All Imagination”
Although the existence of technological bias creates a problem in the development of artificial intelligence, Quantum computers do not suffer the same evil. However, Quantum may be talking nonsense.
” Quantum is the land of all imagination. Popular culture has used it to deal with the whole metal of modern science fiction. Although it is actually a very mathematical and clear representation of things. Therefore, for the uninitiated public, the reality of fiction and machines can be difficult to sort out. We’re in a real hardware race right now. There is no reason for imagination to survive“, Sneers at the manager.