ColdQuanta and LocatorX put the finishing touches on a miniature solid-state atomic clock


Quantum technology company ColdQuanta Inc. and Atlanta-based LocatorX Inc. have formed a strategic partnership under which the Boulder company will assist LocatorX in the final stages of development of the miniature solid-state atomic clock (SMAC).

When combined with CQ technology, “the device will provide a high-value solution to address common challenges such as clock drift, jamming resistance, radio silence management, speed of acquisition of signal and a reduction in the code’s validity interval,” according to a company press release.

LocatorX has licensed SMAC technology from the University of Oxford in the UK.

“We are in a period where global instabilities are accelerating the demand for highly accurate atomic clocks that can be used in a wide variety of critical applications,” CQ President Chester Kennedy said in the release. “Under this agreement, ColdQuanta will provide the US government with access to a unique combination of global innovations that combines new concepts from the original Oxford-based SMAC with the proven knowledge base of the ColdQuanta team. When combined with ColdQuanta’s vast portfolio of advanced clocks, the LocatorX device will unlock a variety of high-value applications.

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