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Will the Government Succeed in Building a Quantum Computing Center?

It is no easy task to build a quantum computing infrastructure that supports government, academia, and the private sector.

Quantum computing may conjure up the image of crazy-haired physicists working away in remote and isolated locations, but nothing could now be further from the truth.

The U.S. government authorized a $1 billion quantum computing plan late last year to get ahead of its adversaries. A few weeks ago, President Biden’s infrastructure proposal included a further $180 billion investment in R&D for quantum computing, semiconductor chips, and other key technologies.

The government’s bigger plan is to link government, private and university research to accelerate quantum computing technologies in the U.S. This plan is similar to the earlier US technology successes like the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb, the Apollo program to send humans to the moon, and others.

This gallery highlights major components in the government’s quantum computing structure, starting with the National Quantum Initiative.

John Blyler is a Design News senior editor, covering the electronics and advanced manufacturing spaces. With a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, he has years of hardware-software-network systems experience as an editor and engineer within the advanced manufacturing, IoT and semiconductor industries. John has co-authored books related to system engineering and electronics for IEEE, Wiley, and Elsevier.

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