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Infineon Opens Laboratory to ‘Reinvent The Core Element of The Quantum Computer’

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  • Infineon Technologies AG has opened a new laboratory for the development of quantum electronics in Oberhaching near Munich.
  • The company plans to develop and test microelectronic circuits for quantum computers which will be stable and small, will operate reliably and which can be produced on an industrial scale.
  • About 20 researchers will work at this new lab.
  • Image: Infineon Laboratory Opening Quantum Electronics and Power AI in Oberhaching, near Munich. From left to right: from Infineon Chuck Spinner, Head of Central R&D Power Systems and Solutions (PSS); Hartmut Hiller, Head of R&D at Infineon; Adam White, President Power Systems and Solutions; Richard Kuncic, Head of Power Systems. (Provided)

PRESS RELEASE — Infineon Technologies AG has opened a new laboratory for the development of quantum electronics in Oberhaching near Munich. The objective is to develop and test microelectronic circuits for quantum computers which will be stable and small, will operate reliably and which can be produced on an industrial scale. Approximately twenty researchers will work at the lab. In addition to quantum computing, activities will also focus on the development of AI algorithms for the early detection of variances in power systems.

“Infineon plans to reinvent the core element of the quantum computer. One of the central tasks of the new quantum laboratory will be to develop and test electronic systems for ion trap quantum computing with the objective of integrating these systems in the Quantum Processing Unit. This is a prerequisite for making quantum computing scalable and useable,” says Richard Kuncic, Senior Vice President and General Manager Power Systems at Infineon Technologies. “Thanks to their computing power, quantum computers will revolutionize many applications. But before quantum computers will have to be industrialized, a process which we are driving ahead in our new laboratory.”

Accordingly, the company has installed an innovative cryostat, a kind of super-refrigerator which can cool down to temperatures as low as 4 Kelvin (-269 degrees Celsius). Qubits, the smallest units for calculations with quantum computers, are extremely sensitive and only adequately stable under extreme conditions, typically temperatures below -250 degrees Celsius and at the lowest possible pressures. And the electronic systems have to keep working perfectly in spite of these extreme conditions. In environments this cold, many materials change their properties, including their electric behavior.

Although there are already a substantial number of quantum computers, these are installations made by and for research facilities. Several development steps will have to be mastered before scaling to powerful quantum computers and industrialization of the technology. This includes the precise electronic manipulation of hundreds and thousands of qubits. Among other things the team in Oberhaching is developing optical detectors for reading out the quantum states of the ions. Here the colleagues work together closely with the Infineon quantum laboratory in Villach, which itself specializes in ion traps. The new lab will also pursue synergies with the colleagues in Dresden and Regensburg who conduct research on silicon and superconductor qubits.

In the area of power semiconductors, the laboratory will use Artificial Intelligence to simulate and better predict the aging and failure characteristics of microelectronics in the Power sector. This calls not only for the development of the necessary algorithms; much more, practical measurements will have to establish the data basis for training neural networks and verifying their behavior. This will help better estimate the service life of power converters and will aid in detection of anomalies. These insights are important for effective proactive maintenance, which is ultimately to prevent equipment failure and thus optimize periods of use.

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