Bosch sets up quantum sensor business

Bosch sets up quantum sensor business

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By Nick Flaherty

Robert Bosch has set up a separate business unit to commercialize quantum sensor technology.

The in-house startup  will pool the results of research and translate them into products., says Jens Fabrowsky, executive vice-president of Bosch Automotive Electronics responsible for the semiconductor business.

The long-term goal is to integrate the technology on a chip.

The Quantensensorik business unit is led by Dr. Katrin Kobe and located at the Bosch accelerator grow platform GmbH in Ludwigsburg. Organizationally, it will be a startup in the Bosch Automotive Electronics division, based in Reutlingen.

“Quantum technology is pushing the boundaries of what is possible – in both data processing and sensors,” said Fabrowsky. “Above all, the aim is to increase the broad practical benefit of quantum effects – for everything from the development of carbon-neutral powertrains to neurological diagnosis. Bosch has been doing extensive research in quantum sensing for many years now, and we see ourselves as global leaders in this area. Now we also want to use this as a basis for future business models.”

With over 25 years of management experience with a variety of technology companies, Kobe has developed several new business areas in Germany, particularly in photonics.

“At Bosch, research is a top priority,” she said. “As a global company with alliances and expertise in quantum technology, Bosch is seizing the opportunity to make headway with this promising new field in an agile startup environment.”

There are already 15 associates working at the startup and she plans to grow to more than 20 in the coming months, looking to attract engineers and business developers in particular.

Quantum sensors use the individual atoms of a gas or defects in solids as atomic measuring instruments. The ability to detect individual quantum states after measurement, these sensors achieve levels of precision nearly 1,000 times more precise than MEMS sensors.

Bosch has been researching quantum sensing for the last seven years in eight publicly funded quantum sensing projects. It has built fully functional and powerful demonstrators of a quantum magnetometer and a quantum gyrometer. These can detect tiny magnetic fields generated by physiological processes and provide high-precision detection of rotations for the navigation of autonomous systems.

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