Infineon Technologies AG strengthens its commitment to the development of quantum computer technologies in Germany and Europe. In addition to the already established initiatives and partnerships, the chip manufacturer is involved in six additional research projects. Projects funded in particular under the German Federal Government’s economic stimulus program for future quantum technologies.
In partnership with research institutes and industrial partners, Infineon will bring its expertise in microelectronics and industrial manufacturing. She will also offer her experience with applications related to future quantum computers.
Quantum computers can raise the potential computing power to previously unattainable levels. They will allow you to quickly perform tasks that would take years. This will speed up e.g. the development of drugs or chemical catalysts by simulating processes at the molecular level. It is also possible to use computer power to optimize very complex processes in logistics. This will thus make the supply chains more robust.
The purpose of the research projects is to overcome barriers to the use of quantum technology. It involves building demonstrators, integrating electronic controls and developing software for the use of quantum computers.
The challenges remain significant in all areas. In fact, the development of usable quantum computation is not limited to providing more and better qubits for computations. It also requires a holistic approach that, in addition to hardware, takes into account peripherals, software and applications. Infineon brings its scaling and manufacturing experience to the various areas and will investigate possible application cases.
The various projects in which Infineon participates
- The ATIQ project, which brings together 25 partners from research facilities and industry. A project developing a quantum computer demonstrator based on an ion trap. Initially, the demonstrator will work with ten qubits and will then be expanded to more than 100 qubits. Infineon brings its expertise acquired in ion trap projects as well as in control electronics and cryoelectronics.
- MuniQC-SC is developing a quantum computer demonstrator based on superconductors. Infineon is working with ten research and start-up partners on this project. A collaboration that includes laboratory, small series and industrial scale manufacturing.
- The QuMIC project, which involves a total of six partner institutions. One project focused in particular on the miniaturization of radio frequency electronics and control electronics. Required by quantum computers based on ion traps or superconducting qubits. Infineon coordinates the project. It focuses on research into highly integrated computer chips in the radio frequency field as well as their integration into quantum electronics.
- QVOL. This is the first quantum sensor project that Infineon is involved in. The company leads the research consortium, which consists of a total of six partners.
- The QuaST project develops software tools that will greatly simplify user access to quantum computers. The aim is to simplify the old methods of highly specialized programming. Simplify them to the point that programmers will no longer need special knowledge of quantum computation. But that the software will make the necessary changes to the hardware in the background.
- The QuBRA project. He develops algorithms and evaluation criteria to determine the practical advantages of quantum computers over classical approaches.