Toshiba opens £20m UK quantum factory. aims for chip-based QKD

Toshiba opens £20m UK quantum factory. aims for chip-based QKD

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By Nick Flaherty

Toshiba has opened its QKD Quantum Technology Centre in Cambridge, UK

The new facility, located in the Cambridge Science Park, is a commercial offshoot from the Toshiba Cambridge Research Laboratory and represents a £20 million investment from Toshiba into the development of quantum-secure quantum key distribution (QKD) networking system.

The Quantum Technology Centre is a fully commercialised business operating under Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation, and will not only work to commercialise Toshiba’s innovative quantum-secure networking technologies, but also manufacture initial products such as its Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) system.

The investment will also initially create over 30 new roles across a broad range of disciplines, ranging from business development to production.

Alongside supporting the commercial adoption of existing technologies such as QKD, the Quantum Technology Centre will also support the further development of other quantum-based technologies. This includes chip-based QKD, which will be instrumental in supporting the mass-market adoption of QKD, and twin-field QKD, which could facilitate quantum-secure links spanning over 500km.

Originally opened in 1991 as Toshiba’s first overseas R&D site, the Cambridge Research Laboratory has been dedicated to fostering innovation through basic and applied research in physics, engineering and computer science. Since then, Toshiba has invested more than £240 million in UK R&D, with around £100 million funding pioneering work in the development and commercialisation of quantum-based technologies, including Toshiba’s quantum-secure QKD networking systems.

Toshiba started research into quantum cryptography at the Cambridge Research Laboratory in 1999, and has delivered several research breakthroughs, including the first example of QKD over 100km of fibre in 2003. Quantum cryptography is expected to become worth more than $3 billion by 2028 and Toshiba has continued to strategically invest in further developing its quantum cryptography capabilities.

“Following more than 30 years of groundbreaking work in the UK, we are delighted to be opening the Quantum Technology Centre in Cambridge as our next step in further developing and commercialising quantum-secure communications technologies,” said Shunsuke Okada, Executive Officer and Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, Toshiba Corporation President and CEO, Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation.

“This investment reflects the strategic importance of these technologies, not only to Toshiba, but in delivering a quantum-secure economy for the wider world, and we look forward to working with more customers and partners to enable this economy.”


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