Boeing launched a new organisation dedicated to developing innovative computing and communications technology for use by commercial companies and military customers.

The company said on 18 October it aims to develop breakthrough technologies in areas including secure communications and artificial intelligence. In particular, the organisation plans to work on disciplines such as quantum communications and computing, as well as neuromorphic processing and advanced sensing.

The Southern California-based organisation is officially named Disruptive Computing and Networks (DC&N) and will operate as part of Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology.

Charles Toups, formerly the vice-president and general manager of Boeing Research & Technology, will lead the organisation as vice-president and general manager. Toups’ background is in development of defence technologies, previously serving as vice-president and general manager of the Network and Tactical Systems division at Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

Quantum physics is seen as enabling more powerful computers for the military as well as commercial aerospace industry. It is believed that quantum computers could solve certain problems faster than classical computers and information passed through quantum communications networks would be more secure than traditional telecommunications systems.

What’s more, researchers with Canada’s Department of National Defence announced in April that quantum radar may allow for the easier detection of stealth aircraft. Notably, the Chinese government has invested heavily in quantum technologies in recent years. In July, the Chinese city of Jinan claimed to have tested an “unhackable” quantum communications network.

For its part, neuromorphic processing is seen as another method of improving computing by developing chips that mimic the way the human brain processes information. Such technology could power more sophisticated artificial intelligence programmes.