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The Bell Labs of Quantum Computing


Raymond Laflamme can’t yet sell you a quantum computer. But he’ll sell you a $13,000 logic board for measuring entangled photons.

It’s a start.

Laflamme is head of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, a research center that’s part of a quixotic, grandiose effort by Mike ­Lazaridis, cofounder of the smartphone maker BlackBerry, to invent a quantum computer and turn this city 70 miles from Toronto into a “Quantum Valley.”

Since 1999, Lazaridis has put $270 million behind his vision, paying to recruit some of the world’s best theoretical physicists.

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