Rigetti Computing Awarded Contract with Air Force Research Lab

Rigetti Computing, a pioneer in full-stack quantum-classical computing, has announced that it has been awarded a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Information Directorate. The contract allows AFRL to utilize Rigetti’s fabrication and manufacturing capabilities to build customized quantum systems for their researchers.

Under the contract, Rigetti will supply the AFRL with quantum integrated circuits (QuICs), quantum-limited amplifiers, cryogenic microwave components, and 9Q QPUs. This partnership builds upon the existing relationship between Rigetti and AFRL and will support the AFRL’s research and development of quantum networking hardware.

Dr. Subodh Kulkarni, Rigetti CEO, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to work with AFRL, stating that being granted this contract reinforces the value of Rigetti’s fabrication capabilities. Rigetti’s Fab-1, established in 2016 as the world’s first dedicated quantum foundry, has been used for internal research and development. It has also been utilized by leading research institutions such as AFRL for scientific research.

The partnership with AFRL will enable Rigetti to enhance its knowledge of the fabrication process at the device and design level, as AFRL is tackling fundamental issues not yet addressed by the industry. AFRL’s focus on developing quantum networking capabilities aligns with Rigetti’s mission to push the boundaries of quantum computing.

This contract signifies a significant step forward in the collaboration between Rigetti and AFRL, showcasing the potential for future advancements in quantum computing research. It further establishes Rigetti as a trusted provider of quantum foundry services and highlights the importance of partnerships between industry and research institutions in advancing the field of quantum computing.

– Press Release: Rigetti Computing Awarded Five-Year IDIQ Contract with Air Force Research Lab (Globe Newswire)
– Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate