Technology The Honeywell Quantum, Cambridge Quantum deal: A look at the big picture
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Honeywell Quantum Solutions and Cambridge Quantum made a big splash inwith plans to merge and form an independent company that combines Honeywell's trapped Ion hardware with Cambridge Quantum's software platforms.
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will get up to and be able to court outside investors. When the deal is complete there will be a few quantum companies for investors given IonQ via a special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC) deal. Honeywell has over the last few years as it looks to .
We caught up with Tony Uttley, president of Honeywell Quantum Solutions, to talk about quantum computing and what's ahead. Ilyas Khan, the CEO and founder of Cambridge Quantum, will be CEO of the new company. Darius Adamczyk, CEO of Honeywell, will be chairman of the new company.
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Value of the pure play. Uttley said Honeywell was receiving inbound requests about investing in the quantum business, but outside investment is challenging inside of an industrial conglomerate. By creating an independent company via the merger of Honeywell Quantum Solutions and Cambridge Quantum, there's now an avenue for more investment. "This new company provides and investment vehicle for those organizations thinking about quantum," said Uttley, who added the new company can mark an inflection point within quantum computing. Investors may include venture capitalists, private equity as well as strategic partners.
The quantum stack. In a nutshell, Honeywell Quantum is providing the hardware expertise and Cambridge Quantum has the software stack and operating system. Cambridge Quantum is also bringing specific use cases such as cybersecurity, chemistry and machine learning. Uttley emphasized that Cambridge Quantum will remain hardware agnostic going forward. Nevertheless, Honeywell and Cambridge will work toward delivering hardware and software dedicated to solving particular problems with a universal quantum computer a longer-term goal.
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"It is the idea of saying, 'if I had the ability to design the hardware and the operating system and the applications, all together could I make that experience be an absolutely seamless pristine one for our customers?' We believe the answer is yes," said Uttley. Honeywell will be among the largest customers for the new company.
Competition. While there are many players entering quantum computing Uttley said the goal of the new company revolves more around collaboration with the ecosystem. More collaboration will be needed to grow the quantum market via solving real business challenges. "We're really early in this technology," said Uttley.
Talent. Another rationale behind the Honeywell and Cambridge Quantum combination is talent. The combined company will have about 350 employees when the deal closes but will need to expand quickly. "The scarcest resource in quantum is the human resource. This is an amazing opportunity to bring this incredible talent pool together," said Uttley. Cloud computing will also enable more developers to get involved. Expansion in the early days of the company will revolve around people and infrastructure.
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The long game. Uttley said quantum computing is still in its infancy and the Honeywell Quantum and Cambridge Quantum combination will provide the resources to help develop the market. "This is a company, and this is a technology that's going to play out over decades. It's not about next quarter and it's not about next year, but about creating a space that to a large extent doesn't even exist. We have to go and put in the resources to go do that," he said.
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