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New Platforms Boost Singapore’s Quantum Ecosystem

Deputy Prime minister of Singapore praised the ability of the new platforms to bolster Singapore’s quantum computing and quantum-safe communication capabilities.

New Platforms Boost Singapore’s Quantum Ecosystem

In addition to the already announced national platforms, the Quantum Engineering Programme (QEP) of Singapore has released two of its latest iterations. This is aimed to improve Singapore’s quantum computing infrastructure. 

At the Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG), Asia’s premium tech event, Heng Swee Keat, the Deputy Prime minister of Singapore praised the ability of the new platforms to bolster Singapore’s quantum computing and quantum-safe communication capabilities along with improving the manufacturing of quantum devices. 

The country is planning to invest $23.5 million in the national platforms for three and half years. This is in furtherance of Singapore’s Research, Innovation, and Enterprise 2020 plan.

Researchers have already offered their complete support to the plan. Since its launch in 2018, the goal of the national platform is to solve consumer-centric problems using quantum technology.  The Agency for Science, Technology and Research and National Research Foundation (NRF) is the supporting agency of the QEP. 

Heng also acts as the Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies of Singapore, as well as the Chairman of NRF. He says that Singapore’s quantum engineering and computing investments are aimed at future-proofing the country and shaping its future accordingly.

The National University of Singapore will host the three platforms and all the activities. Plan management will be taken care of by the National Computing Center of Singapore.  

The researchers will work on developing better quantum computing middleware and hardware. They are also looking to collaborate with industry leaders in chemistry, supply chain, and finance. 

It is also planning to design devices to further Singapore’s position in the quantum tech ecosystem. NQSN announced in February to conduct tests using quantum computing to protect sensitive data across the country.

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