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Intel boosts EUV quantum dot yields

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By Nick Flaherty


Intel’s research lab has detailed the wafer-scale yield of quantum dot devices using its extreme ultra violet (EUV) transistor technology.

Intel’s second-generation silicon spin test chip has shown 12 quantum dots and four sensors. This result represents the industry’s largest silicon electron spin device with a single electron in each location across an entire 300mm silicon wafer.

Today’s silicon spin qubits are typically presented on one device, whereas Intel’s research demonstrates success across an entire wafer. With an EUV process, these show a 95% yield rate across the wafer.

The use of a cryoprober, a quantum dot testing device that operates at 1.7 Kelvin (-271.45 °C) and robust software automation enabled more than 900 single quantum dots and more than 400 double dots at the last electron, which can be characterized at one degree above absolute zero in less than 24 hours.

Intel says the works at it’s transistor research and development facility, Gordon Moore Park at Ronler Acres in Hillsboro, Oregon, represents a major milestone for scaling and working toward fabricating quantum chips on Intel’s mainstream transistor manufacturing processes.

Increased yield and uniformity in devices characterized at low temperatures over previous Intel test chips allow Intel to use statistical process control to identify areas of the fabrication process to optimize. This accelerates learning and represents a crucial step toward scaling to the thousands or potentially millions of qubits required for a commercial quantum computer.

Additionally, the cross-wafer yield enabled Intel to automate the collection of data across the wafer at the single electron regime, which enabled the largest demonstration of single and double quantum dots to date. This increased yield and uniformity in devices characterized at low temperatures over previous Intel test chips represents a crucial step toward scaling to the thousands or potentially millions of qubits required for a commercial quantum computer.

“Intel continues to make progress toward manufacturing silicon spin qubits using its own transistor manufacturing technology,” said James Clarke, director of Quantum Hardware at Intel. “The high yield and uniformity achieved show that fabricating quantum chips on Intel’s established transistor process nodes is the sound strategy and is a strong indicator for success as the technologies mature for commercialization.

“In the future, we will continue to improve the quality of these devices and develop larger scale systems, with these steps serving as building blocks to help us advance quickly,” Clarke said.

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