Cambridge Quantum Computing and Oxford Quantum Circuits Awarded Innovate UK Award

Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) and Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) are delighted to confirm that they have been granted an Innovate UK award as part of the UK Quantum Computing Initiative.


Pursuant to the award, CQC will lead the development of a compiler of quantum algorithms onto OQC’s quantum computing architecture. Additionally, CQC and OQC will jointly research applications best suited to the OQC architecture. As a result of the development of a quantum compiler and suitable quantum algorithms, OQC will develop and assess prototypes of different circuit layouts, working jointly with Oxford University. These strands will lead to a demonstration by the end of the project period that will last 1 year, of a well-chosen algorithm, compiled using the CQC compiler, and run on an optimal OQC circuit. It is expected that blueprints will be generated for quickly scaling up to a level at which device performance outstrips classical computers.


The first prototypes of the building block components of OQC’s quantum processor are already in development, and the team predicts that a state-of-the-art 9-qubit system will be achieved rapidly.

CQC is currently unique in having multiple engagements to design compilers for a variety of quantum computers using different approaches to generating logical qubits.


About Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the United Kingdom’s innovation agency. It works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. For further information visit


About Cambridge Quantum Computing

Cambridge Quantum Computing is the world’s leading independent quantum computing company focused exclusively on quantum algorithms, quantum software and emerging quantum compilers.


About Oxford Quantum Circuits

Oxford Quantum Circuits, founded by Dr Peter Leek (Oxford) in June 2017, is developing quantum computers based on superconducting electric circuits. In order to perform any useful quantum computing, it is necessary to implement an architecture consisting of a large number of qubits, with couplings between them, as well as wiring to enable control and readout. OQC are working on a novel architecture that combines high coherence planar qubit circuits with 3D control and readout wiring to address the scaling challenge.


November 7, 2017

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