Lockheed Making Quantum Computing Push; Ray Johnson Comments

Ray Johnson
Ray Johnson

Lockheed Martin is developing a new type of quantum computer nearly two years after acquiring an early version of the computer from a Canada-based company, the New York Times reports.

D-Wave Systems developed the computer’s processor from a set of superconducting wires that run at absolute zero degree temperatures, then receive mathematical equations, according to the report.

Ray Johnson, Lockheed senior vice president and chief technology officer, told the Times his company wants to use the computer to build and test radar, space and aircraft systems.

writes the company also wants to determine how the software lines in a satellite network would react to solar bursts or pulses from a nuclear explosion.

Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Microsoft are also working to build quantum computers and Google researchers previously worked with D-Wave to develop computers that recognize cars and landmarks, the Times reports.

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