Infineon opens quantum., AI power lab

Infineon opens quantum., AI power lab

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By Nick Flaherty

Infineon Technologies has opened a laboratory for the development of quantum electronics and power AI in Oberhaching near Munich.

The lab will develop and test microelectronic circuits for quantum computers that operate reliably and which can be produced on an industrial scale. Approximately twenty researchers will work at the lab. In addition to quantum computing, activities will also focus on the development of AI algorithms for the early detection of variances in power systems.

For power semiconductors, the lab will use Artificial Intelligence to simulate and better predict the aging and failure characteristics of power devices. This calls for the development of the necessary algorithms as well as practical measurements that will have to establish the data basis for training neural networks and verifying their behaviour.

This will help better estimate the service life of power converters and will aid in detection of anomalies. These insights are important for effective proactive maintenance to prevent equipment failure.

“Infineon plans to reinvent the core element of the quantum computer. One of the central tasks of the new quantum laboratory will be to develop and test electronic systems for ion trap quantum computing with the objective of integrating these systems in the Quantum Processing Unit. This is a prerequisite for making quantum computing scalable and useable,” said Richard Kuncic, Senior Vice President and General Manager Power Systems at Infineon Technologies.

“Thanks to their computing power, quantum computers will revolutionize many applications. But before quantum computers will have to be industrialized, a process which we are driving ahead in our new laboratory.”

Infineon has installed a cryostat at the lab that operates down to 4 Kelvin (-269 degrees Celsius) to test the electronic systems have to keep working perfectly in spite of these extreme conditions. In environments this cold, many materials change their properties, including their electric and power behaviour.

Several development steps will have to be mastered before scaling to powerful quantum computers and industrialization of the technology. This includes the precise electronic manipulation of hundreds and thousands of qubits. The researchers in Oberhaching are developing optical detectors for reading out the quantum states of the ion quantum processor, working with the Infineon quantum laboratory in Villach, which itself specializes in ion trap systems.

The new lab will also pursue synergies with the colleagues in Dresden and Regensburg who conduct research on silicon and superconductor qubits.


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