QuantWare in the Netherlands has launched a foundry service for superconducting quantum chips.
Fabrication and production of quantum computing hardware currently is very capital intensive, requiring a team of highly skilled fabrication engineers and access to cleanroom facilities. These high barriers of entry limit innovation in the field of quantum computing.
The service provides companies with the ability to design tier own superconducting quantum chips without having in-house fabrication capabilities.
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QuantWare says it will offer its excess fabrication capacity to third parties to help the field accelerate research and innovation by making industry leading fabrication processes available to everyone. However this implies that it has spare capacity for its own chips, indicating a lack of demand.
However Matthijs Rijlaarsdam, Co-Founder and CEO of QuantWare denies this.
“Opening up our Foundry capabilities for the design of others, massively lowers the barrier to build a quantum computer”, said. Rijlaarsdam. “It also prepares our company for future large-scale processors that will feature IP from different sources. We believe it to be a big step towards our mission to accelerate the advent of the quantum computer”
QuantWare is a spinout from TU Delft and QuTech that develops, designs, and fabricates scalable superconducting quantum processors that it sells to the market.
This allows the company’s customers to build full stack Open-Architecture Quantum Computers for 1/10th the cost of competing systems, it says, by using components of various suppliers.