Sangiovanni-Vincentelli – known as ASV – a professor at University of California, Berkeley, is renowned as a pioneer of the EDA industry having been a co-founder of both Cadence Design Systems Inc. and Synopsys Corp. He was recently the chair of UK company UltraSoC Ltd., which was sold in 2020 (see Siemens takes over UK chip-level analytics expert UltraSoc ).
The appointment follows an £8 million round of fund raising that is intended to support the company in its aim of developing a fault-tolerant quantum computing architecture that is compatible with the CMOS manufacturing process.
Quantum Motion is developing silicon spin-based qubit architectures which are compatible with standard CMOS fabrication and so provide easier scaling to thousands and millions of qubits. This is particularly important to allow the qubit redundancy that is required to make a fully functional, fault tolerant, quantum computer, but also gives the near-term opportunity of easy integration in a hybrid quantum/classical computer.
As well as help found EDA companies ASV has served in advisory roles with such companies as Intel, Hewlett-Packard and STMicroelectronics, BMW and General Motors.
ASV replaces Manjari Chandran -Ramesh, who has served as Quantum Motion's chair since 2018. She remains a director of the company, representing investor IP Group on the board.
"The Quantum Motion team has the competence needed to deliver a scalable silicon architecture but, as importantly, it has the focus to realise it in a manufacturable process," said Professor Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, in statement issued by Quantum Motion.
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