Rigetti Computing Reports Fidelities as High as 99.5% on Next-Generation Chip Architecture

Berkekely, California, UNITED STATES


Berkeley, CA, Feb. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rigetti Holdings, Inc. (“Rigetti”), a pioneer in hybrid quantum-classical computing systems, announced today it has achieved entangling gate fidelities as high as 99.5% on its next-generation chip architecture, crossing what is believed to be a key threshold for commercial quantum computing. The results follow the company’s recent announcements on scalability and speed on its production systems, relating to Rigetti’s progress toward quantum advantage and fault-tolerant quantum computing.

Today’s quantum computers are prone to errors, which limit the size and complexity of problems that can be encoded and processed on them. Reducing these errors is the focus of many efforts across the industry, and is widely believed to be one of the key characteristics for commercial quantum computers, along with scale, speed, reprogrammability, and co-processing.

“Achieving error rates well below one percent is a big step toward the broader commercialization of quantum computing,” said Chad Rigetti, founder and CEO of Rigetti. “We believe it opens up a new regime for algorithm R&D, which includes practical application development, quantum advantage benchmarking, and empirical tests of quantum error correction.”

The next-generation chip architecture builds on several engineering achievements from its previous generation processors, including 3D signal delivery and superconducting caps and vias, which are designed to reduce crosstalk among qubits on the chip. It also incorporates recent advances in qubit design and gate operations, which the company has published previously. Internal measurements on a 9-qubit test device demonstrate two-qubit gate fidelities as high as 99.5% and a median fidelity of 99.2%.

Rigetti plans to continue to scale test devices to higher qubit counts. Once scaled, the company intends to incorporate the new design into its proprietary modular chip architecture, with the goal of bringing together advancements in scalability, speed, and fidelity. Rigetti introduced its pioneering multi-chip processor technology last year, and recently announced the commercial availability of its 80Q Aspen-M system, the first processor generation based on this scalable architecture.

About Rigetti

Rigetti Computing is a pioneer in full-stack quantum computing. The company has operated quantum computers over the cloud since 2017 and serves global enterprise, government, and research clients through its Rigetti Quantum Cloud Services platform. The company’s proprietary quantum-classical infrastructure provides ultra-low latency integration with public and private clouds for high-performance practical quantum computing. Rigetti has developed the industry’s first multi-chip quantum processor for scalable quantum computing systems. The company designs and manufactures its chips in-house at Fab-1, the industry’s first dedicated and integrated quantum device manufacturing facility. Rigetti was founded in 2013 by Chad Rigetti and today employs more than 140 people with offices in the United States, U.K., and Australia. Learn more at www.rigetti.com.

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In connection with the previously announced proposed business combination between Rigetti and Supernova Partners Acquisition Company II Ltd (“Supernova”) (NYSE:SNII), Supernova has filed a registration statement on Form S-4 (as amended, the “Form S-4”) with the SEC, which includes a proxy statement/prospectus, that is both the proxy statement to be distributed to holders of Supernova’s ordinary shares in connection with its solicitation of proxies for the vote by Supernova’s shareholders with respect to the proposed business combination and other matters as may be described in the registration statement, as well as the prospectus relating to the offer and sale of the securities to be issued in the business combination. Supernova has mailed a definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents to its shareholders. This communication does not contain all the information that should be considered concerning the proposed business combination and is not intended to form the basis of any investment decision or any other decision in respect of the business combination. Supernova’s shareholders and other interested persons are advised to read the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed in connection with the proposed business combination, as these materials will contain important information about Rigetti, Supernova and the business combination. The Registration Statement was declared effective by the SEC on February 9, 2022 and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents were mailed to shareholders of Supernova as of the record date established for voting on the proposed Business Combination and the other proposals regarding the Business Combination. Shareholders are able to obtain copies of the definitive proxy statement and other documents filed with the SEC, without charge, at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, or by directing a request to Supernova’s secretary at 4301 50th Street NW, Suite 300 PMB 1044, Washington, D.C. 20016, (202) 918-7050.

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