Q.ANT and IMS CHIPS Set Up Quantum Chip Fabrication

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  • Q.ANT and the Institute for  Microelectronics Stuttgart (IMS CHIPS) signed an agreement to jointly manufacture  quantum chips.
  • The start-up is  contributing machines and process technology in an initial investment worth 14 million Euros.
  • Image: Q.ANT CEO Michael Förtsch and IMS Chips Director Joachim Burghartz present a  wafer from which quantum chips are obtained. (Q.ANT)

PRESS RELEASE — Stuttgart-based start-up Q.ANT and the Institute for  Microelectronics Stuttgart (IMS CHIPS), signed an agreement to jointly manufacture  quantum chips. Chips for quantum processors are to be produced in small batches in just  two years. As a leading quantum technology company, Q.ANT contributes its know-how in  quantum computer chip production to the cooperation. In addition, the start-up is  contributing machines and process technology in an initial investment worth 14 million Euros. IMS CHIPS is participating with its existing machinery. Quantum chips are considered  central building blocks for quantum processors, which will provide a speed advantage in the  future, for example, in the environment of high-performance computing centers.

“Together, Q.ANT and IMS CHIPS are setting up a complete, series-targeted chip  manufacturing facility in Stuttgart. We are starting small-scale production of quantum chips  to initially cover our own demand for chips for our developments for quantum processors. In  the future, however, we would also like to offer the chips on the market in large-scale  production,” says Michael Förtsch, Managing Director of Q.ANT.  

In addition to clean room production with appropriate equipment, IMS CHIPS also brings  experts with experience in industrial-scale manufacturing to the cooperation. In return, the  start-up invests in manufacturing capacity and equipment geared toward quantum  technologies. For the IMS, which is a foundation of the state of Baden-Württemberg, the  cooperation offers the opportunity to advance research and development activities.  

“This cooperation is an important contribution to the research initiatives in Germany and  especially in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Through the cooperation, we ensure  connectivity to the age of quantum technology,” explains Prof. Dr. Joachim Burghartz, director and CEO of the Institute for Microelectronics Stuttgart.  

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In addition to quantum processors, the chips, which operate on the basis of light, are to be used  in a wide variety of industries in the future: The fields of application range from medical  technology, sensor technology and telecommunications to cryptography, logistics and the  financial sector.  

In contrast to many other quantum computing solutions, which operate at cryogenic  temperatures up to -273 °C, the photonic chips of Q.ANT are operated at room temperature.  This significantly simplifies integration into existing computing architectures. For its chips,  Q.ANT relies on a specially developed technology platform with the material lithium niobate,  which is perfectly suited for the photonic approach to quantum computing due to its good  electro-optical properties. 

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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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