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Oxford Instruments' Dilution Refrigerator System to be Supplied to New Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab in the US

Oxford Instruments’ world leading cryofree™ dilution refrigerator system, Triton®, is an important component in the latest quantum computer to be supplied by D-Wave Systems Inc to the new Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab in the US.

D-Wave has announced its new 512-qubit quantum computer will be used to advance machine learning in order to solve some of the most challenging computer science problems (D-Wave Inc Press Release).

The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is the result of collaboration between NASA, Google and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to push the frontiers of computer science.

Oxford Instruments Triton® system provides the low temperature environment that is essential to the performance of the D-Wave Two™ quantum annealing processor. This processor is able to address complex computational challenges that are difficult or impractical to perform using conventional systems, and represents a paradigm shift in processing technology.

Triton enables the required processing temperatures of close to absolute zero to be obtained without the use of the expensive and difficult to handle liquefied gases required by traditional systems. The resulting cryogen-free operation is requisite for the quantum computing market.

Dr Ferdinand Bartels, Managing Director of Oxford Instruments Omicron NanoScience commented “We are extremely pleased to be part of D-Wave’s continuing success and proud of the fact that our Triton technology has been used in such a ground breaking computing system. This reflects the commitment that we have made in the field of quantum computing and our leading position as a supplier of enabling technologies to this community. We have been working with D-Wave for many years and I now look forward to developing our relationship further to contribute to realizing the full potential of D-Wave’s technology.”

Jonathan Flint, Chief Executive of Oxford Instruments further stated “Our aim is to be the leading provider of nanotechnology tools and systems worldwide. This installation at NASA’s Ames Research Center marks a step change in the advance of quantum computing and opens up unchartered opportunities, which we are proud to support. We believe that given our state of the art technical solutions and world-class customer support infrastructure, we are well positioned to do this.”

About Oxford Instruments plc

Oxford Instruments designs, supplies and supports high-technology tools and systems with a focus on research and industrial applications. It provides solutions needed to advance fundamental physics research and its transfer into commercial nanotechnology applications. Innovation has been the driving force behind Oxford Instruments' growth and success for over 50 years, and its strategy is to effect the successful commercialisation of these ideas by bringing them to market in a timely and customer-focused fashion.

The first technology business to be spun out from Oxford University over fifty years ago, Oxford Instruments is now a global company with over 2000 staff worldwide and is listed on the FTSE250 index of the London Stock Exchange (OXIG).  Its objective is to be the leading provider of new generation tools and systems for the research and industrial sectors.

This involves the combination of core technologies in areas such as low temperature, high magnetic field and ultra high vacuum environments, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, X-ray, electron and optical based metrology, and advanced growth, deposition and etching.

Oxford Instruments aims to pursue responsible development and deeper understanding of our world through science and technology. Its products, expertise, and ideas address global issues such as energy, environment, security and health.  

About Oxford Instruments Omicron NanoScience

Internationally recognised as world leaders in superconductivity, ultra low temperature cryogenic environments and ultra high vacuum environments, Oxford Instruments Omicron NanoScience is driving innovation in these fields. The company’s leading-edge technologies support research in nanotechnology, solid state and condensed matter physics. Combining outstanding technical expertise, original thinking and a commitment to meeting customers’ needs, Oxford Instruments Omicron NanoScience enables real advances both in research and commercial applications by providing the high quality technological environments needed to meet demanding experimental requirements. Oxford Instruments Omicron NanoScience is part of the Oxford Instruments plc group.

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