IQM plans French quantum computer plant  

IQM plans French quantum computer plant  

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By Nick Flaherty

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IQM Quantum Computers (IQM) in Finland is planning to build an industrial production unit for quantum computers and chips in France.

The plan was announced at the Choose France summit, an annual event designed to promote France’s attractiveness internationally and to support inward investment, particularly in quantum technology.

The first stage of this project will be enabled by the development of fabrication steps in a pilot line at CEA-Leti in Grenoble. THe company has a commercial fab in Espoo for building quantum processors.

“IQM is committed to building an industrial-grade fabrication facility in France. These efforts complement our research and development fabrication efforts in Finland in a very synergetic way. It is part of our strategy to establish a Quantum Airbus initiative where several countries and a strong industry player collaborate closely to create a globally leading quantum computing company,” said Dr. Jan Goetz, Co-CEO and Co-founder at IQM Quantum Computers.

‍”The CEA is fully committed to the national strategy for quantum sovereignty, and supports the entire ecosystem of start-ups and industrial players. The partnership with IQM testifies to the excellence and attractiveness of our region and extends our ambitions on a European scale,” said Julie Galland, Director of technological research at CEA.

‍‍ “I’m delighted that IQM has chosen France as the location for its superconducting quantum processor fabrication facility, which testifies to French excellence in this field and is a first step towards the emergence of truly European quantum champions that France is calling for,” said Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire.

‍“We are proud to accompany IQM in its project to build an industrial production unit for quantum computers and chips in France. This demonstrates the attractiveness of our country for foreign investments in the quantum computing sector and our commitment to supporting disruptive innovation. Business France will continue to work closely with companies to promote French excellence internationally,” stated Laurent Saint-Martin, General Manager of Business France.

‍The Head of the French National Quantum Strategy at SGPI, Dr. Neil Abroug, highlighted the importance of the IQM’s investment for French quantum initiative and said, “Without, advanced fabrication facilities, European superconducting quantum startups cannot compete with their American counterparts. IQM’s agreement with its French industrial and academic partners will be beneficial not only for IQM but also for the French and the entire European quantum ecosystem.”






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