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Fujitsu bridges gap to computing future with quantum-inspired tech

Digital Annealer's optimization capabilities find a home in pharmaceuticals and finance

Fujitsu's Kazuhiro Nakamura says he knew only "the basics" when he was tapped to lead the Digital Annealer project. (Photo by Niki Mizuguchi)

TOKYO -- Quantum computing remains years away from full commercialization, but Fujitsu has developed what might be considered the next-best thing: technology that applies the same concepts to classical computing.

The result is the Digital Annealer, which boasts impressive computing power without the ultralow temperatures required by actual quantum computers.

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