Keysight to accelerate R&D on quantum technologies in Singapore

Quantum technologies are increasingly in demand in the world today. China is leading the development of quantum technologies in Asia. This includes continued research into advanced quantum technologies that have resulted in numerous applications and use cases being tested.

Besides China, Japan has also been active in the research and development of quantum technologies in Asia, with the country’s first quantum computer expected to be ready for use by the end of March 2023. The Japanese government also aims to have 10 million users. quantum computing by 2030.

In Southeast Asia, Singapore is also keeping pace with innovations. In fact, Singapore continues to see increasing investment in research and development of quantum technologies as well as education in this field.

The National University of Singapore is already working with several tech companies on developing use cases of quantum technology for businesses in the country. The country Quantum Engineering Program (QEP) should begin conducting nationwide trials of quantum-safe communications technologies that promise robust network security for critical infrastructure and businesses handling sensitive data. Supported by the National Research Foundation, Singapore (NRF), the project is starting with 15 private and government collaborators on board.

Today, Keysight Technologies and QEP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on accelerating research, development and education in quantum technologies. Launched in 2018 by the National Research Foundation, Singapore (NRF) and hosted at the National University of Singapore (NUS), the QEP aims to support research on quantum technologies and building ecosystems.

The program funds projects in quantum computing, quantum communication, security, quantum sensing, as well as a quantum foundry, which should lead to practical uses. Keysight will provide modular and scalable quantum control systems by leveraging the company’s expertise in advanced measurement equipment, qubit control solutions, and precise measurement instrumentation. This will allow researchers to design and perhaps scale next-generation systems to harness the power of quantum computing and other quantum devices.

According to Alexander Ling, Director of QEP. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at NUS and a Principal Investigator at the Center for Quantum Technologies. It will take a team effort to deliver on the promise of quantum technologies, whether it’s better computing performance or more secure communication.

Under the MOU, QEP and Keysight will closely cooperate in the development of quantum instrument sets, as well as technologies that enable quantum systems to be scalable and deployable. In addition, they will set up a program called “Quantum Joint Innovation Accelerator” which gives researchers participating in the QEP easy access to several software design tools and advanced test and measurement equipment from Keysight. Researchers can apply to evaluate Keysight measurement tools in their labs and access equipment housed at Keysight’s premises in Singapore.

For Sang Ho Oh, General Manager for Asia South Pacific at Keysight Technologies, as the quantum ecosystem continues to grow, Keysight will provide solutions that will enable the Singapore ecosystem to accelerate research, development and education in the field.

“Keysight and QEP will establish a collaborative framework to accelerate research and development in the emerging ecosystem of quantum technologies. Having this leading upstream research partnership will open up new frontiers and new developments, which will propel industry innovations for years to come,” added BJ Tan, Vice President and General Manager of general electronic measurement solutions from Keysight.

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