Zurich Instruments Provides Quantum Computing Control Systems For Atlantic Quantum

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  • Zurich Instruments will provide quantum computing control systems for Atlantic Quantum’s superconducting quantum computers.
  • The control system is a key component of a quantum computer linking the sensitive qubits with the higher-level software stack.
  • On-site installation and operation will be supported locally by Zurich Instruments’ Boston-based team.

PRESS RELEASE — Zurich Instruments will provide quantum computing control systems (QCCS) for Atlantic Quantum as they build a quantum computer based on superconducting quantum bits (qubits). In an initial project, Atlantic Quantum will leverage Zurich Instruments’ QCCS, a scalable system solution encompassing both electronics and software for quantum processor control. The control system is a key component of a quantum computer linking the sensitive qubits with the higher-level software stack.

On-site installation and operation will be supported locally by Zurich Instruments’ Boston-based team. “Zurich Instruments is a great fit for an ambitious quantum start-up like us. Our mutual goal of advancing the hardware infrastructure required for quantum computers to tackle real-world challenges further strengthens this partnership.” says Dr. Bharath Kannan, co-founder and CEO of Atlantic Quantum.

Atlantic Quantum follows a philosophy of advancing qubit quality metrics prior to scaling qubit numbers. Employing new types of noise-protected qubits, the company expects to achieve longer coherence times than with conventional approaches. This aspiration reflects on the requirements of the control system, as its specifications and noise performance must allow the quantum devices to operate at their best possible performance.

In particular, the control channels of the QCCS, which are needed to transmit quantum computing algorithms to the quantum processor, fit well to the fluxonium qubit type employed by Atlantic Quantum. “While the QCCS offers the flexibility we need to test our current-generation devices, looking ahead we find that Zurich Instruments has a credible plan for scaling up their control system to quantum processors with hundreds of qubits” says Dr. Simon Gustavsson, co-founder and CTO of Atlantic Quantum.

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The two companies each operate on both sides of the Atlantic, which is a valuable asset for practical collaboration. Zurich Instruments has been partners with Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg in the framework of the OpenSuperQ project since 2018. Atlantic Quantum maintains close links with the European quantum computing ecosystem through its European operations in Gothenburg, Sweden with roots at Chalmers. The long exposure has helped to build the trust in the technical expertise and alignment of the companies’ roadmaps. ”I’m happy to count on a strong team in our US office, ready to dive deep into technical challenges with the world-leading quantum computing experts at AQ. This collaboration  will deepen our understanding of the customer’s needs and help us improve our products” says Vikrant Mahajan, VP Sales and Operations at Zurich Instruments USA.

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Matt Swayne

With a several-decades long background in journalism and communications, Matt Swayne has worked as a science communicator for an R1 university for more than 12 years, specializing in translating high tech and deep tech for the general audience. He has served as a writer, editor and analyst at The Quantum Insider since its inception. In addition to his service as a science communicator, Matt also develops courses to improve the media and communications skills of scientists and has taught courses. [email protected]

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