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Qunnect, Inc. Receives $1.5M Phase-II SBIR Award From The Department of Energy

Qunnect, Inc., a deep tech company committed to globalizing Quantum Communications, received a $1.5M Phase-II Small Business Innovation Research award from the US Department of Energy.

Press release from Qunnect
April 14th 2020 | 365 readers

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Qunnect is developing a device suite to enable ultra-secure, long-distance quantum communications. All products are engineered to operate at room temperature, a critical design requirement for real-world deployment of quantum technologies. The company's first product, a Quantum Memory device, can store, coherently manipulate, temporally synchronize, and retrieve quantum-states on-demand. The phase-II award supports the development of features to integrate and use these devices on standard telecom fiber bed infrastructure. Through collaborations with Brookhaven National Laboratory and ESnet, Qunnect's products will be field-tested on fiber networks connecting Brookhaven National Lab to New York City.

As a stand-alone product, the Quantum Memories will function as a Quantum Buffer, similar to a data buffer in traditional telecom, regulating data flow at different nodes in the network. The Quantum Buffers will also be an integral component in the company's plan to build a Quantum Repeater to enable quantum entanglement-based communications, shattering the distance-limitations currently experienced by first-generation quantum communications technologies.

"We champion the Department of Energy's vision to build the Quantum Internet, and we are very appreciative to have their support," said Qunnect CEO Mehdi Namazi. "Qunnect is committed to engineering field-stable devices that enable long-distance, quantum-secure communication on the existing telecom infrastructure. We believe this hybrid approach will accelerate the adoption of quantum technologies by early users, who will then develop the next generation of quantum communication protocols."

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