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D-Wave Sells Its First Quantum Computer

Category: Science & Technology
Posted: June 2, 2011 10:24AM
Author: F13Bubba

Last week, D-Wave announced it was ready to sell a quantum computer for commercial use, and it’s now been announced that the company has already sold its first unit. The honors for breaking in the new device, named the D-Wave One, go to Lockheed Martin, who reportedly purchased the computer for $10 million. However, the company didn’t jump to the decision in the last week. Communications manager Thad Madden said that the the company has spent the last year reviewing the computer before making its decision to buy it. While Lockheed Martin was obviously impressed with the new computer, many experts doubt that the D-Wave One actually works with quantum effects, saying that the company has yet to demonstrate that its quantum computer performs computations any faster than a conventional computer.



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