NXP teams for German quantum computer projects

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By Nick Flaherty

NXP is teaming up with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) to help build ion trap-based quantum computers in several projects.

NXP is contributing the hardware components to integrate the quantum computers into classical computing environments, photon detection sensor technology and packaging.

The projects are based at the DLR Innovation Centre, which is set to launch at the NXP site in Hamburg, Germany early next year. At the centre, DLR is working with eleQtron, ParityQC, QUDORA Technologies and the Technical University of Hamburg to accelerate the roll out of ion trap quantum computers.

This comes as four European quantum computer projects using neutral Rydberg atoms have been brought together to create a single project that can scale up. This is likely to happen with ion trap quantum computers, where Infineon also has key partnerships. DLR is also working with other European companies on quantum computer systems.

NXP will provide the control electronics necessary for embedding quantum computing in a classical computing environment, as well as cryogenically-suitable packaging and photon detection for the reading of quantum states.

“Quantum computers will bring about the next big wave of innovation in our society, enabling new solutions to complex and long-standing challenges,” said Lars Reger, CTO at NXP. “In collaboration with the DLR and other participants in this project, NXP’s experts will be at the forefront of that innovation, contributing their expertise to enable new innovations that will help our society become smarter, safer and more secure.”

“DLR is awarding contracts as part of its Quantum Computing Initiative, with the aim of creating qubits based on ion traps. This technology is considered highly promising and will be explored through targeted research. This brings us one step closer to a programmable, fault-tolerant quantum computer,” said Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chair of the DLR Executive Board. “Through the close cooperation of business and science, synergies are created that strengthen the quantum computing ecosystem and thus also provide start-ups with new opportunities.”

eleQtron is a spin-off from the Department of Quantum Optics at the University of Siegen. Founded in 2020, the company develops, produces, operates and markets computing time on ion trap-based quantum computers. It has a proprietary technology that eliminates the need for lasers for quantum logic operations which it says provides a path to building large systems.

ParityQC is developing blueprints for quantum computers and their operating system and works with hardware partners around the world to build the systems. Applications range from universal error-corrected quantum computing to solving optimization problems on near term devices.

QUDORA Technologies is a spin-off of Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Braunschweig University of Technology and Leibniz University of Hanover, based in the Quantum Valley Lower Saxony (QVLS) ecosystem. It is developing trapped-ion quantum computers based on highly integrated quantum processors using a laser-less quantum gate mechanism.

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