Dutch quantum computing chip startup Quantware is to co-develop an advanced Quantum Processor unit (QPU) with integrated cryogenic digital control logic based on the chip-scale architecture of SEEQC of the US.
The result will be the world’s first commercially available platform with an integrated gate-based quantum and classical logic chip, capable of overcoming key scalability engineering bottlenecks of superconducting quantum computers.
Scalability is a key challenge for quantum computers, most notably in getting the necessary signals from their generating hardware (typically at room temperature) to the cryogenic quantum processor. The scalability challenge is similar to that faced by classical computers before the advent of the integrated circuit.
SEEQC and QuantWare are overcoming these challenges by integrating signal generating hardware in a QPU. QuantWare’s commercially available QPUs will be integrated into SEEQC’s fully digital quantum computing platform to solve these bottlenecks to building quantum computing platforms with much larger scale and more affordably manufactured QPUs than are available today.
“As we continue on the path toward scaling our platform to the thousand-qubit level and beyond, this partnership will help us navigate several hurdles,” said SEEQC’s CEO and co-founder John Levy.
“Our collaboration with SEEQC is a good example of how QuantWare speeds up quantum computer development” said Matthijs Rijlaarsdam, managing director and co-founder of QuantWare. “The successful completion of this project will bring useful quantum computation a lot closer.”
SEEQC, a spinout of HYPRES in New York state, is one of the first companies to have built a superconductor multi-layer commercial chip foundry and through this experience has the infrastructure in place for design, testing and manufacturing of quantum-ready superconductors. SEEQC is also based in Elmsford, NY, with facilities in London, UK and Naples, Italy.
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