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Harris & Harris Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TINY), an early-stage, active investor in transformative nanotechnology companies, notes an article by Quentin Hardy in the March 22, 2013, issue of The New York Times, discussing Lockheed Martin's intent to upgrade to commercial scale the quantum computer it purchased from D-Wave Systems, Inc., becoming the first company to use quantum computing as part of its business. If it performs as Lockheed Martin and D-Wave expect, the upgraded quantum computer could have the potential to supercharge powerful systems, solving some science and business problems millions of times faster than can be done today.
Quantum computing is much faster than traditional computing because of the unusual properties of particles at the smallest level. Instead of the precision of ones and zeros that have been used to represent data since the earliest days of computers, quantum computing relies on the fact that subatomic particles inhabit a range of states. Different relationships among the particles may coexist, as well. Those probable states can be narrowed to determine an optimal outcome among a near-infinitude of possibilities, which allows certain types of problems to be solved rapidly.
"We view Lockheed Martin's decision to upgrade its quantum computer from D-Wave as exciting commercial validation of the potential for D-Wave's technology," stated Douglas W. Jamison, CEO of Harris & Harris Group. "As an early-stage investor, this is the type of validation we strive for when we make our initial investments in portfolio companies. We are excited about the potential that this and other interest in D-Wave's technology will lead to in the future." The full article may be accessed at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/technology/testing-a-new-class-of-speedy-computer.html?_r=0&pagewanted=print .
Harris & Harris Group is an investor in privately held, D-Wave Systems, Inc.
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